Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton man jailed for 'bizarre' sex assaults

Daniel Randall-Coles Image copyright Hampshire Constabulary
Image caption Daniel Randall-Coles pleaded guilty to 17 counts of assault including two on girls aged 11 and 12

A man has been jailed for four years for what a judge called a "bizarre" series of sexual assaults in Southampton.

Daniel Randall-Coles pleaded guilty to 17 counts of assault including two on girls aged 11 and 12.

Over three weeks in January, he cycled up to his victims who were often walking alone at night and groped them.

At Southampton Crown Court Judge Peter Ralls described the 25-year-old as a "dangerous offender".

He told him: "Your offending was quite extraordinary.

"You attacked women in a persistent way and there is a real risk that it could have gone further and that the consequences could have been more grave."

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Image caption Randall-Coles cycled up to his victims who were often walking alone at night and groped them

The attacks happened between 11-30 January in the Lordshill, Millbrook and city centre areas.

In one case shown to the court on CCTV, a 12-year-old girl was assaulted while on her way to school.

The prosecution said Randall-Coles, of Millbrook Road West, left her feeling "ashamed and disgusting".

In a victim impact statement, the girl's mother described how the attack had left her daughter hysterical and afraid to go out.

Another victim told the police the attack had left her feeling "on edge" and had forced her to take work shifts with lower pay to avoid having to walk alone in the dark.

The court was told Randall-Coles, who was said to have a history of mental health problems, had apologised for his actions.

Following his release from prison he will spend five years on license under supervision and has been banned from lone contact with women under the age of 18.

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