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Jail for sex offender who tried to drag terrified woman into car
6:13pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A MAN who tried to kidnap a woman in broad daylight on a busy street has been jailed for more than five years.
Mark Trim tried to bundle the woman into his car on Cambridge Road, St Helens in mid-afternoon in May.
The woman had been texting on her phone when she became aware of a man getting out of the driver’s side of a car parked further up the road.
It was only when she got closer to the vehicle that she realised it was blocking her path.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how 36-year-old Trim grabbed hold of her and tried to pull her into his car.
As she struggled and screamed he manoeuvred himself into the driver’s seat still trying to drag her inside.
She eventually managed to pull free and as her phone dropped in his car she ended up on the pavement.
As Trim drove off, she managed to note the last three letters of his registration.
She suffered injuries to her upper body but managed to run to her husband and a passer-by for help.
Court heard that Trim from Esthwaite Avenue is a registered sex offender.
Robert Jansen prosecuting on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Trim is a dangerous and persistent sex offender whose latest attack was on a woman in a street in broad daylight.
“On the evidence available, Trim had been driving around for a considerable period of time looking for a potential victim.“
The court heard of the devastating impact this has had on the victim.
He added: “The hard work of the Crown Prosecution Service and Merseyside Police has meant this man is now in prison for a considerable period of time.”