An Ealing man who attempted to rape a woman in a front garden before he was spotted by witnesses has been jailed.
Jakub Kowalczyk, 35, of Argyle Road, attacked the 41-year-old victim in Mattock Lane on February 12 this year, at around 1am.
The victim's cries for help alerted people in homes nearby, who saw Kowalczyk carrying out the attack.
Witnesses saw Kowalczyk in the shrubbery of a front garden pinning the victim to the ground.
A witness phoned police as she could see the man attempting to rape the woman.
Others alerted by the disturbance then saw Kowalczyk emerge from the undergrowth carrying the victim over his shoulders.
Another member of the public, passing by on foot, shouted at Kowalczyk and he stopped the attack and put the victim down.
Officers arrived and Kowalczyk ran off, but officers gave chase and he was detained and arrests.
The victim did not suffer injuries, but was left distressed and requiring medical assistance.
Kowalczyk was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday (April 20) to six years' imprisonment.
He had pleaded guilty to attempted rape at the same court on March 23.
DC Alan Wong, sexual offences exploitation and child abuse command, said: "Kowalczyk carried out a terrifying attack on a lone and vulnerable woman.
"Thankfully members of the public heard her calls for help and called police; while other members of the public directly challenged him.
"I want to sincerely thank them for their assistance that night and the overwhelming evidence they subsequently provided.
"As a result, Kowalczyk has now been brought to justice and deservedly imprisoned for this despicable act."
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