A man's been jailed for two years for a 'vicious' night time street attack on a woman in Brighton.
58 year old Stephen Jay of Wrights Lane, Kesgrave, Ipswich attacked the 26 year old woman who was walking home after a night out in Brighton.
She was walking up Gerard Street near the city centre when she became aware of a man ducking behind cars as if trying to hide.
She confronted him and asked why he was following her.
She crossed Gerard Street onto the nearside pavement and was walking towards Ditchling Rise.
Jay then hit her in the face several times. A witness saw the attacker’s hand around her throat and another over her mouth as he straddled her whilst on the ground.
Concerned neighbours heard the screams and came to her aid.
Neighbours gathered up her belongings that had fallen from her bag during the unprovoked attack.
A couple of days later the victim went to her bag and found that it contained a baseball cap that did not belong to her.
This was sent off for analysis and found to have DNA from Stephen Jay within it.
Jay had been convicted of the attack in May at Lewes Crown Court, but the jury was hung on whether this assault was with intent to commit a sexual act.
After a retrial on the sexual element of the case at Brighton Crown Court in July a second jury was also unable to agree a verdict.
At his first trial in May, Jay had also been found not guilty of causing actual bodily harm and sexual assaulting a 21-year old woman walking in Hanover Terrace, Brighton on September 1st.