July 2022

Sex predator jailed for attempted rape

A sex predator who sexually assaulted and tried to rape a woman as she was walking home in Langley Mill has been jailed.

Maxwell Shelbourne, approached the woman in the early hours of Sunday, January 16 as she was walking along Cromford Road.

He stopped her and asked for a cigarette, then tried to hug and kiss her and despite her saying no, insisted he walked her home.

He then tried to kiss her again, and despite the victim struggling, he sexually assaulted and tried to rape her.

A court heard they continued to struggle, and the woman managed to run home.

She reported what happened to her the following day and Shelbourne was identified following a public appeal.

The 22-year-old was charged and remanded into custody after appearing at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on in January.

A trial took place at Derby Crown Court, and Shelbourne was jailed for five and a half years following sentencing on Friday, June 24.

Shelbourne, formerly of Alfreton Road, Underwood, Nottinghamshire, will also be on the sex offender register for life.

He is also the subject of an indefinite restraining order to prevent him from contacting the victim.