A DANGEROUS sexual predator from Hayle who went into a woman's home, hit her with a rock and tried to rape her appeared at Truro Crown Court on Friday. Philip Lee, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said David Walker, 61, of Penberth Road, went to the woman's home on June 7, last year at about 11pm.
He knew the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and she let him in, wondering why he was there.
Mr Lee said Walker called his victim a tart, before pushing her to the floor and striking her repeatedly.
Mr Lee said: "She feared he intended to rape her and struggled to get him off, but was traumatised.
"During the struggle she realised she was bleeding from a wound to her head."
He continued threatening her and exposed himself, saying: "You belong to me, you'll do as you're told."
Neighbours called the police, who arrested Walker and found rope, cord and a locking knife in his jeans and rucksack and a rock with red stains on it in the property.
Walker told officers the rope and cord were for tying things to his bike but he could not explain why he took them into the woman's house. He denied making sexual advances towards her. The woman suffered a wound to the left side of her head, bruising and an abrasion to her elbow in the attack.
At a previous hearing Walker pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and to committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence.
The court heard Walker has 28 convictions for 42 offences. In 1980 he was jailed for five years for burglary with intent to rape after entering a 20-year-old's bedroom through a window at night, removing his clothing, climbing into bed with her, and threatening her with a knife. She screamed and he fled.
In 1999 Walker robbed and indecently assaulted a woman in Truro. And in October, 2003, he indecently assaulted a 20-year-old woman in Redruth.
Other convictions include sexual activity with a child and breaching sexual offences prevention orders.
Robin Smith, for the defence, conceded the dreadful nature of Walker's offences.
Judge Eric Salomonsen said Walker had caused psychological harm to his victim and used the rock as a weapon.
He said: "A police officer described your victim as appearing genuinely scared for her life, believing that she was going to be raped."
He said Walker had massively distorted thinking and posed a substantial risk of serious sexually motivated offending.
He jailed Walker for four years and nine months, with a four-year extension period.
The sentence means that Walker will serve at least two thirds of his sentence in custody and have his licence period extended by four years.
Walker was also made subject to a sexual offences prevention order and will have to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.