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Court hears moments dance student fought off sex predator Mark Trim
9:17am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A DRUG addict with a “warped sexual appetite” has been jailed after attempting to snatch a young dance student into his car as she walked home.
Mark Trim was sentenced to five years and three months after he was found guilty of the attempted kidnap of the 22-year-old woman on Devon Street in St Helens on an afternoon in May this year.
The 36-year-old, who was high on cocaine, had spotted the student as he drove along Devon Street in his Golf GTi, stopping further along the road.
The woman had been texting a friend when she looked up to see him blocking her path.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how she described to police what happened.
She said: “He grabbed me by the upper arms. I screamed and he tried to drag me into his car and I was trying to fight him off.”
Prosecutor Robert Jansen added: “He was pulling at her T-shirt and pulled it around her neck. She had hold of her mobile phone and recalls it dropped inside the vehicle.
“As a result of her struggling and screaming the defendant (Trim), whatever his intentions were, stopped attempting to bundle her into his car.
“She ended up on the floor, still dishevelled, and the car sped off.”
Despite what happened she was able to remember the last three numbers on the registration plate.
Among witnesses was the woman’s grandmother who told police: “She was hysterical, in total panic and unable to speak.”
More people heard the screams and saw Trim’s car drive off.
Their information helped track him down to his home on Esthwaite Avenue in Moss Bank.
As well as the emotional trauma, the woman suffered scratches and bruising.
Trim denied any involvement, saying he had been home all day, but number plate recognition technology and mobile phone analysis pin-pointed his movements to that location.
Trim’s victim said the full trauma of the attack hit her only a few months ago.
She said: “It really hit me and I started struggling and had to go to the doctors for help with everyday tasks.
“It affected my college work.
“It impacted on me massively and I started having panic attacks, flashbacks and nightmares.”
Trim must sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and is expected to serve two thirds of his term.
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