Donaghcloney man jailed for attempted rape

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk         19/10/2013'Samuel Bingham from Donaghcloney who appeared at Downpatrick Courthouse.'Reference Story by Paul Higgins           07973157553
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 19/10/2013'Samuel Bingham from Donaghcloney who appeared at Downpatrick Courthouse.'Reference Story by Paul Higgins 07973157553

A Donaghcloney man who broke into a house, stripped naked and tried to rape a woman in her bed has been jailed for six years.

Samuel Bingham also confessed to indecently assaulting two other women at house parties.

Jailing 22-year-old Bingham from Winona Crest, Judge Piers Grand said the sex attack on a woman who woke to find him on top of her had been ‘as close to rape as you can go’.

Bingham made an 11th hour guilty plea last month after his trial had begun and just before the victim was due to relive her ordeal before the jury at Downpatrick Crown Court. He admitted breaking into a woman’s home with the intention of raping her and attempting to rape her on September 9 last year.

Bingham admitted two charges of sexually assaulting two other girls who came forward durin gthe police investigation to say that Bingham had put his hand up their skirts at parties between May and September last year.

On the night he attacked the 22 year old woman in her own home she had been out with friends and had gone to bed and was in a deep sleep when she woke to find Bingham molesting her.

She thought she had locked all doors and windows but Bingham managed to get in through the bathroom window, stripping off all his clothes before he sneaked into her bed.

After a struggle Bingham left the house, still half naked. He left his jeans behind and his mobile phone had dropped into the toilet bowl.

Bingham is also barred from starting any relationship with a woman without telling them of his convictions.