A man has been sentenced to six years in prison for the attempted rape of a 64-year-old woman in her own home last year.
Lance Kernan, 32, of Longmead Drive, Sherwood, pleaded guilty to attempted rape on 14 February 2019. He was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Friday 26 April 2019), where was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge and sign the sex offenders register for life.
The incident occurred on Tuesday 20 November 2018 when the 64-year-old victim was at her home address and heard a knock at the door. She opened the door to Kernan, who said he was looking for his son.
The victim didn’t know Kernan or his son and he eventually left after she told him several times that she could not help him. Minutes later, she received another knock at the door. She opened the door to Kernan, who forced his way into her home.
He refused to leave and, as she tried to call the police, he grabbed the phone away from her and a struggle ensued. Officers attended as quickly as possible, but Kernan had already fled the house.
Evidence was gathered from the scene by detectives, including blood left by Kernan, who was bitten in the struggle. Kernan was identified by forensics tests two days later and a DNA match was made. He was arrested within a few days by officers.
DC Katie Hurrell from Nottinghamshire Police said: “I’d like to offer the utmost praise to the victim for her bravery. The victim was a lone woman in her own home and Kernan took advantage of that and we are glad that he has been given a considerable prison sentence.
“I’d like to thank the victim for ensuring that Kernan was brought to justice and will be unable to harm anyone else in this horrific way.”