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Balcony push attempt man jailed

High Court in Edinburgh
Image caption Kevin Steele was told at the High Court in Edinburgh that he will be put on the the sex offenders' register

A man who admitted trying to push a woman over a balcony at flats on the outskirts of Edinburgh has been jailed for six years.

Kevin Steele's victim clung onto a railing as she attempted to stop herself being pushed over a 30ft drop, the High Court in Edinburgh heard.

The 37-year-old admitted assaulting the woman to her severe injury during the attempted murder bid on 26 September.

Steele, from South Queensferry, will be supervised for a further six years.

During the attack the woman's head was struck against a door and a floor and she was also punched and kicked.

A neighbour was alerted to the attack by the victim's "horrendous" screams and made a 999 call to police.

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment and was later found to have a total of 67 injuries to her head and body.

Judge Lord Stewart told Steele: "You have pled guilty to a charge of attempted murder involving a serious, vicious and prolonged assault on a woman with a sexual element which came to an end only when interrupted by the police."

He also placed him on the sex offenders register.

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