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Man jailed for rape bid on pregnant woman

AAP logoAAP 27/10/2016 Jacqueline Le

A Melbourne man will spend a little less than two years behind bars for trying to rape a pregnant woman as she cycled home from work.

Coburg man Casey Tennent, 21, was on Friday sentenced in the Victorian County Court to 23 months in prison, 200 hours of community work, and a two-year community corrections order over the attack earlier this year.

Tennent pleaded guilty to one count of assault with intent to commit a sexual offence, and one charge of unlawful assault after punching a passer-by who came to the woman's aid.

The woman, who was in her third trimester, was riding her bike home from work at night when Tennent tackled her off the path and into bushes.

She struggled and screamed for help as Tennent held on to her.

"You overpowered her as she shouted 'help, help, please help'," judge Barbara Cotterell said on Friday.

Tennent also pushed on her stomach despite her telling him she was pregnant.

"You said nothing but made grunting noises and sounds," Judge Cotterell said.

A passer-by riding his bike heard her screams and stopped to help, thinking she had fallen.

He then heard the victim scream, "He's trying to rape me", and observed Tennent on top of the victim.

He yelled at Tennent, who took off, and the man gave chase.

Tennent punched the passer-by, who managed to restrain Tennent with the help of several other people until authorities arrived.

Tennent later admitted what he had done, and said: "I imagined doing it, I dreamt about it, and then did it."

He also said, "I aspired to be the guy that didn't do it."

Judge Cotterell said Tennent had a troubled childhood and was addicted to online pornography prior to the attack.

He had spent the evening drinking with teammates from Brunswick Cricket Club and was walking home when he came across the pregnant woman.

Judge Cotterell has ordered Tennent, who has no prior convictions, to undergo sex offender treatment in prison.

Having already served 188 days in pre-sentence custody, Tennent will be eligible for parole in 2018.

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