‘Off his face’ mamba smoker molested 2 lone women in city centre
Daniel Lainchbury told the first victim ‘I’m going to rape you tonight’ and minutes later attacked another
A crazed attacker was “off his face” on mamba when he violently sexually assaulted two lone women in separate attacks minutes apart.
Daniel Lainchbury, who has no memory of his depraved actions, had earlier been seen in Leicester city centre “curled up in a ball stark naked”.
Having got dressed, he aggressively accosted a woman in St Martin’s Square at 9.15pm on Saturday, January 4.
The 28-year-old subjected the woman to what the judge said was “an absolutely terrifying” ordeal.
Lynsey Knott, prosecuting, told Leicester Crown Court that Lainchbury was shouting as he approached the woman, calling her a bitch, and made a lewd suggestion as he attempted to grab her.
She blocked him and held a car key against his neck, to which Lainchbury said: “You’re going to get frisky -. I like it when women get aggressive, it gets me excited.”
During a skirmish, Lainchbury pushed the woman against a wall, put his hand under her clothing and touched her indecently.
He told her: “I don’t care if there are police or security guards, I’m going to rape you tonight.”
He grabbed her indecently over her clothing as she fought him off.
A nearby resident went to help, but Lainchbury falsely claimed he was the victim’s boyfriend.
Two security guards arrived and he eventually let go. But he then grabbed the woman again as she walked off, and the guards had to intervene again.
The woman was able to flee, as Lainchbury made further threats of rape, and called the police.
A few minutes later, a female pedestrian rescued a second woman who was being groped by the defendant as he pinned her against a shop window.
The pedestrian pulled Lainchbury away, and the distressed victim made off.
When Lainchbury then turned his aggression towards the rescuer, she “forcefully kicked him” away as the police arrived.
In a victim impact statement, the first woman described feeling unsafe and paranoid about going out alone since the attack.
She said: “He kept saying he was going to rape me but I was strong enough to get him off.”
The attack has impacted on her plans to go travelling, said Miss Knott.
The second victim has not been identified.
Lainchbury, of Ofranville Close, Thurmaston, admitted two counts of sexual assault.
He accepted that the offences placed him in breach of a 12-month suspended prison sentence which he was given for robbing a lone woman of a mobile phone in October 2018.
‘Aggressive, intoxicated stranger’
Judge Martin Hurst said although the defendant had been diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, his actions were caused by the “voluntary taking of illegal drugs”.
He told Lainchbury: “When you take prescribed medication instead of illegal drugs you’re not a risk to others.
“The first victim was confronted by an aggressive, intoxicated stranger.
“It would have been absolutely terrifying.”
Judge Hurst added: “The other victim ran away and hasn’t been identified.”
He said the passer-by who bravely rescued her showed considerable fortitude.
The judge added: “You’ve no recollection and you’ve blamed it on the mamba or spice that you’d smoked – which makes people behave in a very strange way.
“You were clearly behaving oddly, having been seen curled up in a ball stark naked an hour earlier.”
‘Off his face’
James Varley, mitigating, said: “He’d smoked a large amount of mamba.
“It had a very bizarre effect upon him.
“He was off his face.”
Judge Hurst said: “He knows smoking drugs makes him psychotic.”
Mr Varley said: “He says he’s frightened himself, of what the drugs can make him do.
“He’d been warned that the illegal drugs inter-play with his mental health.
“He smoked a joint out of boredom and has now got himself locked up for a considerable period.”
Lainchbury, who appeared in court via a video link from prison, was jailed for four and a half years.
He will have to enlist on a sex offender register for life.