A man who was accused of sexual assault has been acquitted but will go to jail for robbery.

Jordan Barrett-Benjamin, aged 25, of HMP Bullingdon, has been sentenced to two years after pleading guilty halfway through his trial which finished this week.

On September 30 last year, Barrett-Benjamin was on his way home at around midnight when he approached a dog walker from behind in Castlefield, High Wycombe.

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After a short struggle, the woman struck Barrett-Benjamin over the head with her torch and he ran off.

She was unhurt and managed to get herself to safety.

Barrett-Benjamin was identified from DNA evidence found on the woman’s clothing.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Christian Meichsner, based at High Wycombe police station, said: “Barrett-Benjamin attacked a lone woman late at night while she was simply out walking her dog.

“It was a horrific and frightening ordeal for the victim, and it was only due to her brave and decisive actions that Barrett-Benjamin ran off empty handed.

“I know that this incident caused concern within the Castlefield community, and I would like to thank the local residents for their support during the investigation, particularly providing vital CCTV evidence which ultimately led to Barrett-Benjamin’s guilty plea.

“I hope that this sentence will provide some much sought-after closure for the victim in this case.”