Man pleads guilty to ‘threats to kill’ after woman attacked in Brighton

Photo Steve Robards
Photo Steve Robards

A man has been charged in connection with a woman being grabbed in Brighton.

Police say Marcus Antoniou has pleaded guilty to threats to kill and common assault on the woman on September 4.

A 19-year-old woman was walking on Hodshrove Lane, near to Moulsecoomb Primary School, at around 11.50pm that night.

She saw a man on a motorbike parked at the bottom of Hodshrove Lane junction with Lewes Road. He grabbed her and pushed her against the railings.

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Police say he put his hand in her mouth and she managed to bite his finger to get away.

The 43-year-old, a refuse worker, from Stephens Road, Brighton, was arrested and charged.

He pleaded guilty at Hove Crown Court on November 2. His sentence date is yet to be set.

Detectives are continuing to investigate another incident earlier the same night.

An 18-year-old woman was grabbed near to Saunders Park at 11.05pm on September 4.

The man grabbed her, snatched her mobile from her hand and threw it into a nearby bush and threatened her, police said.

A passer-by heard her scream and intervened and the man walked off.

Anyone with information or who saw what happened is asked to contact police online quoting Operation Westdown.