Sex beast who attacked woman in her Hartlepool home jailed for five years

Alan Dolman
Alan Dolman

A SEX attacker has been jailed for more than five years after he subjected a vulnerable woman to a sustained attack in her own home after an afternoon drinking binge.

The victim awoke to find Alan Dolman beside her in bed before he tried to rape her, Teesside Crown Court was told.

The 57-year-old subjected her to a lengthy and depraved attack after he downed 36 bottles of brown ale and six double whiskeys in an afternoon binge.

Sarah Mallett, prosecuting, said the frightened victim woke up after Dolman had entered her home and crept into her bedroom.

He tried to kiss her and remove her clothing before subjecting her to more serious assaults.

Miss Mallett said: “She described him as being really drunk.

“She tried to stop him and push him off and told him to get up but he wouldn’t and said he was too strong.

“She tried to pull the duvet up and was indeed frightened about what he might do if she struggled any harder.

“The assault was to continue over several hours.”

The woman, who suffers with mental health issues, managed to get free of Dolman by saying she wanted to go to the bathroom.

When she came out he was getting dressed and apologised before leaving.

She reported what had happened to her family and support worker and police were informed.

Describing the effect of the attack on the victim Miss Mallett added: “These offences have affected her feelings about trusting people and of security in her own home.”

Dolman, of Cameron Road, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to attempted rape, assault by penetration and sexual assault at an earlier court hearing.

Jim Withyman, mitigating, said: “What the defendant did that night was completely out of character.

“He does not understand why having got to the age of 57, having never done anything like this in the past, why this happened.

“He understands he did it and he’s appalled by what he’s done. He’s been vilified by his community and will live with it for the rest of his life as he knows the victim will.

“He’s dreadfully sorry for what he’s done.”

Jailing Dolman for five and a half years, Judge Peter Bowers said: “What you did that night was to sustain this poor lady to a whole range of sexual abuse and it was quite a sustained attack which obviously took quite a while.

“She was vulnerable in her own home.

“I accept it wasn’t actual rape, the act didn’t come to that, but the totality of the depraved conduct that you subjected her to really has the same physical and psychological effect as rape.”

Dolman will also be on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.