Man who targeted woman in Little Eaton is sent to jail

Published on: Thursday, 29th July 2021
Jailed: Coxbench man Albert Esposito

A man who wore a mask and grabbed a woman as she waited for a lift home has been jailed.

Alberto Esposito admitted a charge of false imprisonment and was jailed for five years.  He must then face an extended period of three years on licence.

Esposito targeted the woman in Alfreton Road, Little Eaton, at about 11.40pm on Friday 11th September last year.

She was waiting on the pavement for a lift home when he walked over and grabbed her, taking her legs from beneath her and knocking her to the ground. The woman punched him in the face and Esposito ran off as the woman’s lift arrived.

Esposito, of Horsley Lane, Coxbench, was identified as a suspect when he was seen loitering around the scene of the attack the next morning.  When he was arrested, officers searched the bedroom of his home and found several masks which were similar to the one the victim had described. CCTV evidence also placed him at the scene.

The CPS later decided that he should be charged him with false imprisonment.

He was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday 26 July.  The court also issued a restraining order to prevent him from contacting or approaching the woman he attacked.

Officer in the case DC Kate Reeves said: “Esposito’s actions that night left a young woman extremely upset and fearful for her safety.  No one should have to experience what she did.

“Esposito is a dangerous man and I am pleased that we were able to identify him quickly and arrest him.  He has been in custody since the time of his arrest and will be off the streets for years to come.”

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