A SEX offender who tried to kidnap a St Helens woman in broad daylight has been jailed.
Mark Trim, 36, attempted to bundle the woman into his car on Cambridge Road on May 3.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how the woman became aware of a man getting out of the driver’s side of a car parked ahead as she sent a text message.
When she realised the vehicle had been parked across her path, Trim stepped out in front her, grabbed her and tried to drag her into his car.
As she struggled, he manoeuvred himself into the driver’s seat and continued to try to drag her into the car.
Luckily, the woman pulled free but her phone fell into the car and she ended up screaming on the pavement.
As Trim sped away, she noted the last three letters of his vehicle’s registration plate and ran to two passers-by for help.
Together, they managed to piece together the full registration plate of Trim’s car.
The court heard how Trim is a registered sex offender who had told the Sex Offender Unit that he had planned a holiday for the period when the attack took place.
Prosecutor Robert Jansen said: “Trim is a dangerous and persistent sex offender. On the evidence available, Trim had been driving around for a considerable period of time looking for a potential victim and the court heard of the devastating impact this has had on her.”
Trim, of Esthwaite Avenue, Carr Mill, was jailed for five years and three months.