Man jailed after attempting to rape woman on doorstep

A man who attempted to rape a woman on her doorstep in Weymouth has been jailed for six years and three months and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

The court heard that on the evening of Monday 20 June 2016, Sean Herman, 29, began talking to a group of women at the Rendezvous pub in Weymouth. He tagged along with the group for a while as they went to other bars in the town.

Later on in the early hours of Tuesday 21 June, Herman saw one of the women leaving the club Boombox. He began pestering the woman and demanding that he walk her home, which she repeatedly refused.

Herman continued to follow her, becoming more aggressive. The court was told that at one point he pinned his victim against some railings and said to her: "I will show you a good time, why are you struggling, if you don't stop, I will rape you."

At this point the victim tried to call her fiancé on her mobile phone. The call went to voicemail, but the incident continued to be recorded.

The woman managed to walk away but when she got close to her home address, Herman pushed her into an alcove and sexually assaulted her.

She eventually manager to get to her home address, but Herman pinned her down in her doorway. The victim shouted for her fiancé who came to her aid.

Herman then banged the head of the victim's fiancé against a wall a number of times, before the couple managed to get Herman off their property.

A short time later, Herman broke into a ground floor flat and assaulted another woman. She escaped the flat and alerted a neighbour who called the police.

Following an investigation and media appeal, Herman was identified and forensically linked to the crimes.

Herman pleaded guilty at Dorchester Crown Court to assault by penetration, sexual assault, actual bodily harm and assault by beating.