February 2021

Judge tells Abbeymead man to expect jail after series of attacks on women

A Gloucester man has admitted a sexual assault and violence charges against women and possessing an offensive weapon in Barton.

Benjamin Wilkinson, 29, of Minster Gardens, Abbeymead, appeared at Gloucester Crown Court and pleaded guilty to attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm to a woman between July 18 and 24, 2020 and possessing a hammer in Barton Street, Gloucester, between the same dates.

He also admitted sexual assaulting a woman without consent on September 14, 2020; intentionally making an attempt to sexually assault a different woman on the same date; dangerous driving in a Citroen Berlingo on the A40 Gloucester Road in Cheltenham on September 14 and an assault causing actual bodily harm on October 2, 2020.

Wilkinson also admitted driving on September 14, 2020 with 53 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath (the legal limit being 35).

But he denied kidnapping a woman on July 18, 2020 and two charges of attempting to kidnap two other women on September 14, 2020.

The prosecution said it would not proceed with those charges and they could be left on the court file.

Judge Ian Lawrie QC said this was an “odd sequence of behaviour” with “some bizarre offending” and remanded Wilkinson in custody until he is sentenced on March 12, 2021.

The judge also made an interim order that Wilkinson should sign the sex offenders register and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Lawrie ordered a full set of pre-sentence reports and told Wilkinson: “It’s not a question of if you are going to prison, it is a question for how long.”