A High Wycombe man accused of assaulting a woman dog walker in a South Oxfordshire beauty spot has been found guilty.

Robert Newman, 33, had denied assault by beating and one count of assault with intent to commit a sexual offence.

On Thursday at Oxford Crown Court, after a three-day trial, the jury found him guilty.

They had heard in court that at around 11am on August 3, 2020, Newman followed lone female dog walkers around Hurst Water Meadow in Dorchester ‘pushing one of them into a nettle bush and attempting to climb on top of her’.

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He told her to ‘shh’, ‘like he was talking to a child’, but she was screaming ‘as loud as she could’ while repeatedly punching and kicking him.

She told the court on Wednesday that the incident lasted around 10 to 15 seconds.

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Newman fled the scene on foot and was found by a police officer about a mile away at around 11.40am.

Newman did not give any evidence in court, despite having the opportunity to do so and did not answer any questions in his police interview.

Judge Recorder David Brock said he was 'grateful' for the jury's time and effort in the case.

Newman will be sentenced on March 1 at Oxford Crown Court.