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Man jailed for attempted rape in Kelvingrove Park

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Image caption The attack happened in Kelvingrove Park in the west end of Glagow

A man who attacked a woman in one of Glasgow's busiest parks with the intention of raping her has been jailed for three years and nine months.

Steven Arnold, 43, grabbed the 37-year-old student from behind in Kelvingrove Park on 30 May 2014.

He placed his hand over her mouth and pushed her towards trees but ran off after she managed to scream for help.

Sheriff Sam Cathcart also ordered Arnold be supervised in the community for three years after his release.

An earlier trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Arnold ran off from the park after the incident and ditched a rucksack he had on him.'

'Scared of own shadow'

He never disputed being the woman's attacker but claimed he was trying to rob her of her mobile phone and that there was no sexual element.

His victim told the court she was unable to leave the house for weeks after the attack and is now "scared of her own shadow".

The jury convicted Arnold of assault with intent to rape.

He had previously admitted failing to turn up to court.

Sheriff Sam Cathcart told him: "She (the victim) has required help from a psychologist.

"Because of the nature of the charge and your record, a custodial sentence is the only appropriate method of dealing with you."

Arnold was also put on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

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