A cold-blooded child kidnapper who snatched a girl of nine from a Bearwood street in broad daylight has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Edward Burns had a “sexual motive” when he pushed her over, lay on top of her and dragged her into an alleyway by her coat.
He was only foiled when a mum out walking with her own child heard the girl’s desperate screams.
She confronted the 38-year-old and she was able to escape.
Passing sentence at Wolverhampton Crown Court, Recorder Nicholas Cartwright told Burns that he had ruined the victim’s life.
He said: “This was a sexually motivated attack.
“She was absolutely terrified at the time and is still suffering the consequences of her ordeal.
“She asks daily: ‘What would have happened to me if the lady hadn’t helped me?’
“Her parents are now looking to move out of the area.
“It was a terrifying ordeal for her.
“You are a dangerous man.
“You kidnapped a little girl with sexually motivated intentions.”
The girl was snatched in Belmont Road at 1.30pm on March 29.
Burns, of Smethwick, was later arrested and admitted a charge of kidnap.
He was jailed on Wednesday.
Det Con Luke Stephens said: “This was a terrifying incident for the child, who was extremely upset by the attack.
“We believe his intentions were sexual in nature.
“Luckily a woman saw what happened and heard the child’s screams and he let her go.
“The child was very brave and gave us a detailed description of the man who attacked her, which led to the quick arrest of Burns.
“I would also like to thank the public spirited actions of the woman who intervened and helped the child.”
Heath Westerman, acting district crown prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution said: “Edward Burns’s motivation that day when he dragged the helpless nine-year-old into an alley was clearly sexual.
“If it was not for the girl’s screams alerting a passer-by, he may have succeeded with his devious plan.
“The prosecution team would like to pay thanks to the bravery of the young victim who assisted the police with their investigation as well as the member of the public who intervened when she heard the victim’s screams.
“They both played a key part in helping to bring this dangerous offender to justice.”
When he is released, Burns will have to adhere to a sexual harm prevention order with strict Probation Service monitoring