Sex attacker behind bars

Carly Hilts 30 October 2008

A 21-year-old man has been jailed for sexually assaulting a female student at King’s College.

Chesney Christie, recorded as being of no fixed abode, was sentenced to four years imprisonment after pleading guilty to sexual assault and robbery at Cambridge Crown Court.

Christie visited King’s College bar at 9.30am on October 29 last year, although officials report that he had no business in the College on that day.

Wearing a jacket with the hood up, he sat in the bar for a while before following an undergraduate into the ladies’ toilets. He then proceeded to attack his victim by wrapping a shoelace around her neck. Claiming that he had a knife, he pushed her into a toilet cubicle and sexually assaulted her.

The undergraduate managed to fight off the attacker and ran out of the toilets, screaming. In her panic, she left her handbag behind, which Christie subsequently stole.

Speaking at the sentencing, Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said that the ordeal was “perceived by the victim as attempted rape”.

Christie has a long criminal history which includes a series of offences against the University.

He was linked to a string of burglaries from student accommodation and spent 18 months in a young offenders institute after pleading guilty to theft, handling stolen goods and attempted burglary. In 2006 Christie was apprehended on East Road after chasing a man down the street with a knife.

During sentencing, Judge Hawkesworth commented: “These offences mark a significant escalation in offending. You have been assessed as a highly dangerous and a somewhat manipulative young man- and I agree. There is a significant risk of serious harm to the public.”

In addition to his custodial sentence Christie will be added to the sex offenders’ register, and will remain on license for a minimum of 10 years when he is released from prison.

Carly Hilts