Woman stops sex attacker with kick in privates

Livingston Sheriff Court heard Mark Campbell was stopped by a kick in the groin. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Livingston Sheriff Court heard Mark Campbell was stopped by a kick in the groin. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

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An indecent assault behind a pub came to an abrupt halt when the victim kicked her attacker in the privates, a court heard.

The 22-year-old woman’s self-defence move allowed her to escape from Mark Campbell and call the police. Campbell, 28, was arrested and charged with attempted rape.

At Livingston Sheriff Court yesterday, he pled guilty to a reduced charge of sexually assaulting the woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The attack took place at the rear of the Bentswood Inn in Stoneyburn, West Lothian, on October 20, 2013.

Brent Bisset, prosecuting, said a mutual friend had introduced Campbell to his victim earlier that evening.

He said: “The accused asked the complainer to go to the rear of the premises and she did. The accused placed his hands on her hips and attempted to kiss her. She immediately told him ‘No!’

“He then leaned against her and the complainer responded by kicking him between the legs.”

Campbell, from Addiewell, West Lothian, will be sentenced on May 29.