Sex attacker Sebastian Staniewski recognised on CCTV footage by colleague

Bus CCTV Sex attacker Sebastian Staniewski was recognised by colleague on CCTV footage released by police

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A sex attacker was caught after an Edinburgh colleague recognised him on CCTV and called police, a court has heard.

Sebastian Staniewski, 20, attacked a young music teacher shortly after she got off a bus in the Leith area in April 2014.

Staniewski admitted a charge of assault with intent to rape at the High Court in Glasgow.

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced next month.

The court heard how the 23-year-old victim was attacked on 14 April having earlier gone for a drink with friends in the capital.

Staniewski grabbed her as she walked in Edinburgh's Henderson Street and put his hand over her mouth.

He then forced her in a headlock along the street, but the woman struggled and managed to punch him in the groin.

Cry for help

However, Staniewski continued to molest her and the victim thought she was going to be raped.

The court heard the teacher felt "tired and hopeless", but was still able to cry for help.

Her ordeal ended when a witness heard what was happening and the attacker fled.

Staniewski was not immediately caught and it was on 29 May police issued a media appeal to catch the attacker.

A colleague then recognised him from CCTV footage released of him boarding a bus and alerted officers.

The court heard Staniewski was then arrested.

Lady Rae placed Staniewski, who has been in Scotland since 2012, on the sex offenders register.

She told him: "This is a very serious offence. It is fortunate that a witness heard this lady's pleas for help otherwise one does not know what may have happened."

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