Man sentenced to seven years in jail after attack on woman in Beverley

East Riding of Yorkshire

29 Jun 2022

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Matthew Littlefield of Highfield Road in Beverley appeared in court today for sentencing after he was found guilty of a serious assault of a woman which happened as she walked home along Hull Bridge Road in Beverley on 16 October 2021.

Littlefield was sentenced to 7 years in custody and will serve a minimum of two-thirds of this before being eligible for parole, he has been sentenced an additional three years on licence when released.

Investigating the case was Detective Constable Paul Chatterton, he said, “This was an extremely distressing attack on a lone woman as she walked home from what had been a pleasant evening in Beverley with her friend. 

“Matthew Littlefield assaulted her, punching her to her face and with the clear intent to commit a sexual offence, he then attempted to drag her into a wooded area before being disturbed by members of the public.’’

‘’The sexual offence Matthews Littlefield intended to commit was rape’’.

“The determination, bravery and quick thinking of the victim meant she managed to escape her attacker and raise the alarm. 

“She and her family have been traumatised by the incident I commend her for bravery in providing a victim statement to the court, and her bravery throughout the proceedings.

“Bringing dangerous individuals to book is what we come to work for.  We work tirelessly to gather the evidence to bring these cases to court.

“I want to thank the victim for her stoicism as we have gone through the criminal justice system, her victim statement and support throughout the investigation have been invaluable in bringing a dangerous individual to justice and putting him behind bars.”