July 2023

Trowbridge man jailed for 17 years following attacks on teenage girls

A 26-year-old man from Trowbridge has been sentenced to 17 years imprisonment plus a five year supervision order for attempted rape and grievous bodily harm (GBH).

Stephen Sydney Chant, of Seymour Road, appeared at Swindon Crown Court today (17/7), after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted stranger rape on two teenage girls, a Section 18 GBH and one count of sexual assault.

Chant admitted approaching a teenage girl on a footpath between the railway station and Langford Road at about 6.30pm on 25 July 2022.

He had been hiding in bushes before running towards her, and hitting her over the head, before attempting to rape her.

She bravely fought back, and a passer-by bravely intervened, allowing her to escape.

Chant also pleaded guilty to another charge of attempted rape on a second teenage girl that had occurred in April 2022, and a sexual assault on a young adult female that occurred in August 2021.