Selsey man jailed for attempted rape of schoolgirl in alleyway

A menacing would-be rapist from Selsey who cornered a schoolgirl in an alleyway has been jailed for seven years.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 12:11 pm

Ewing Gilmour, 21, of Sparshott Road, Selsey, approached the teenage girl in Selsey offering her £100 for sex.

When she rejected his offer he stalked her and laid in wait to intercept the youngster.

At Portsmouth Crown Court prosecutor Paul Fairley said Gilmour followed the girl, overtaking her in an alleyway between Manor Road and Manor Lane in Selsey on May 29 last year.

Ewing Gilmour, 21, from Selsey has been jailed. Photo: Sussex Police

She said ‘no, no, no’ as she realised Gilmour was about to pounce.

Gilmour, who exposed himself, then grabbed her hair when he failed to pull down her trousers.

He threatened to punch her in the face as she fought wildly to escape his clutches, falling over in the process, the court heard.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, finally escaped and ran to a nearby home.

Jailing Gilmour for seven years with an extended three-year term, judge William Ashworth said: “It was a brazen and determined attempt to rape a vulnerable victim.”

He added: “You stalked her and cornered her and attacked her.”

A sexual harm prevention order bans him from contacting children for life and he must sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

At trial, Gilmour claimed he had been looking over fences to steal items and that is why the girl was able to identify his underwear as his trousers fell down exposing his FCUK underwear.

Jurors convicted Gilmour of attempted rape on November 19.

The court heard he is a failed Army recruit who was medically discharged.

The Parole Board will have you consider when to release Gilmour, and only when he has served at least two thirds of the seven-year term.

The three-year extended term will be served on licence.

As he was led to the cells Gilmour turned to supporters in the public gallery and blew a kiss toward them.

Investigating officer Steve Holden said: “This was an attempt at a serious sexual assault and it was due to the bravery of the victim at the time, that prevented a worse outcome.

“The victim has remained strong throughout the legal process, and I would like to thank her for that.

“In addition, I’d like to thank all the members of the public who provided CCTV and other information at the time and during our investigation.

“With their support, a dangerous offender – who has shown no remorse for his actions – has been identified and imprisoned.”