Chilling CCTV footage has been released of sex attacker Johnathon Holmes following his intended victim through Sheffield city centre before dragging her into bushes and attempting to rape her.
Holmes has been dubbed by the national press as a ‘Frankenstein’ attacker after the 21-year-old woman he assaulted fought back using her house keys, leaving him battered and bruised.
The CCTV footage from the early hours of November 1 shows Holmes walking terrifyingly close to the young woman as she made her way home from work around midnight.
He stalked her through the streets of Sheffield for over a mile before launching his appalling attack in bushes by Cemetery Road in Sharrow.
She had crossed the road three times in a bid to escape him and was trying to call her partner when Holmes ran at her and dragged her into a hedge.
Holmes had previously spent the evening hiding behind walls in Sheffield city centre and watching lone women before deciding to follow the 21-year-old.
The woman fought back by hitting him with her keys in her hand and by biting down on his tongue when he put it in her mouth.
She managed to get in a position where she held her keys to the throat of Holmes and when she attracted the attention of two passers-by, he made an attempt to escape over railings, injuring himself in the process.
His intended victim said as he ran off - ‘He will never do that to a woman again’.
Holmes was sentenced to four years and six months in jail at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday after previously admitting sexual assault.
The woman he attacked told the court the incident had been her ‘worst nightmare’ and she had been certain he was going to rape her unless she fought back.
Judge Sarah Wright told Holmes as she sentenced him: “It is clear to me from hearing her words that what you did had a devastating effect upon her.
“She is not able to continue her life as before.
“The effects of your actions will live with her throughout her life.”
Star readers have praised the bravery of the young woman, with calls made for her to receive an award for her courage.
Writing on the Star website, Steph Bluff said: “Think this girl needs a Pride of Britain award for her bravery!
“This is not something she will get over quickly and will need lots of support. This guy is scum and knew exactly what he was doing.”
Joanne Smith said: “Well done to such a young lady for thinking clearly in what must’ve been terrifying circumstances, that decision to use her keys most probably stopped her being raped or worse.”