Sussex

West Sussex sex attack sentence 'too lenient'

A West Sussex man who carried out a sexual assault on a woman walking home alone at night has had his jail sentence increased.

Simon Langridge, 34, of Haywards Heath, was sentenced to 18 months in prison in April.

But judges sitting at the Court of Appeal said his prison term was not long enough and increased it to two years and four months.

The court heard the attack had had a "devastating" effect on the victim.

She had been walking home after a Christmas Party last December when she was followed and attacked by Langridge, who had drunk 10 pints of strong lager.

Residents of the street where the incident took place heard her screams and called police, who arrested Langridge nearby.

Friends of Langridge said the offence was "completely out of character" and he felt "genuine and profound remorse".

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