‘Sexual predator’ jailed for trying to rape female jogger in Epping Forest

Ernest James, 35, was jailed for 14 years for trying to rape a jogger in Epping Forest.

Ernest James, 35, was jailed for 14 years for trying to rape a jogger in Epping Forest. - Credit: Met Police

A ‘violent sexual predator’ who attempted to rape a female jogger near Epping Forest has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.

Ernest James, 35, of Pilton Place, south London, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court yesterday. He had previously admitted the offence at an earlier hearing.

On August 28 2014, at around 9.30am, the 33-year-old victim set off on a run around Hollow Ponds, in Epping Forest, Snaresbrook.

As she stopped to catch her breath she was grabbed from behind. James put a gloved hand over her mouth and held a sharp object to her neck and he threatened to stab her if she did not keep quiet.

He tried to pull down her jogging trousers but as they struggled, the victim managed to bite her attacker’s finger.


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James ran off – crucially leaving the glove behind.

The woman suffered no serious injuries during the attack.

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Police were called and the glove and items of the victim’s torn clothing were sent for forensic analysis.

These provided a DNA profile that matched with James.

Det Cons Matt James of the Met’s sexual offences exploitation and child abuse command, said: “James is a violent sexual predator and the sentence reflects the danger he presents to women.

“Thankfully the victim was able to fight him off and I would like to pay tribute to her bravery during the attack and all the subsequent courage she has shown. With her support we have been able to ensure that James has received a deservedly long prison sentence.”

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