16-year-old who stopped Lincoln sex attacker gets £250 reward
A drunken sex attacker who pounced on a young boy in the street was brought to justice thanks to a 16-year-old, Lincoln Crown Court was told.
James Wrath grabbed his 11 -year-old victim as the boy was walking with a friend in the Tentercroft Street area of Lincoln.
Mark Achurch, prosecuting, said Wrath kissed the boy and asked him to sleep with him.
But the victim and his friend asked the 16-year-old to help them and the older boy escorted them home.
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The 16-year-old, who cannot be named due to a court order, then returned to the scene.
He spoke to Wrath to establish his name and walked with Wrath to the attacker's home before contacting police.
When Wrath was arrested he told police he was so drunk he could not remember anything.
Judge Michael Heath praised the actions of the 16-year-old and awarded him £250 out of public funds as a reward.
The Judge said: "It was his presence of mind firstly in ensuring the two boys were able to safely make their way home and then to follow the defendant back to his address that led to the arrest."
Wrath, 41, of St Nicholas Street, Lincoln, admitted sexual assault on 23 November.
He also admitted a separate shoplifting offence and assaulting a shop worker who detained him. He was jailed for seven months.
Alex Rynn, defending, said Wrath was an alcoholic who'd been drinking for seven hours before the attack.
"He's deeply ashamed and apologetic. He had consumed large amounts of alcohol."