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Convicted sex offender Eamon Merritt Sumner convicted of attempted kidnapping of woman, 70, at St Agnes
A man with a history of sex offending has been found guilty of attempting to kidnap
a 70-year-old woman by putting her in the boot of a car at St Agnes in 2012.
Eamon Merritt Sumner, 28, was convicted by District Court Judge Wayne Chivell of
attempted kidnapping and causing harm with intent to cause harm.
Prosecutor Melissa Wilkinson said the DPP would consider making an
application under section 23 of the Sentencing Act which relates to offenders
incapable of controlling, or unwilling to control, sexual instincts.
During a failed bail application in August 2012 , police prosecutors told
the Holden Hill Magistrates Court Sumner had a lengthy criminal record, having
only being released from prison in May for offences of serious criminal trespass and indecent assault.
They said Sumner also had served prison time for indecent assault and grossly indecent acts
against four women aged between 55 and 68.
Opening the trial, Ms Wilkinson said that Sumner had grabbed the victim while
she was walking her dog at about 7am on August 19, 2012.
Ms Wilkinson said the woman had been grabbed from behind by the man,
who had pushed the top half of her body into the boot.
The victim had struggled with her attacker and landed on the ground.
Ms Wilkinson said the man had then stepped on the woman’s face before
driving off, leaving her with a laceration to the head that required stapling at Modbury Hospital.
The victim gave evidence that she had fought back by grabbing his hoodie as he tried to put her in the boot.
“I just hung on, hung on so he couldn’t push me any further in because if
he did he would have to go in as well,” she said.
“He pulled my hand off his hoodie and then he threw me down on the
ground ... I ended up with my head on the cement.”
The woman said she was screaming by this stage and the man was telling her to “shut up”.
“I was lying down, on my head. He was hanging onto my hair before banging my head on the ground,” she said.
“And then when he got up, I was still lying with my head on the cement, that’s when he stamped on my face.”
Sumner testified he was at a party at the time the incident occurred.
He said he did not have the car and it belonged to a friend who had lied to the court about him borrowing it.
Judge Chivell will hear sentencing submissions in August.
Repeat offender Eamon Merritt Sumner 'tried to abduct' elderly woman at St Agnes
A man charged with the violent attempted abduction of an Adelaide grandmother has a history of sexual offending against elderly women, a court has heard.
Eamon Merritt Sumner was arrested and charged yesterday over the alleged abduction of the 70-year-old woman at St Agnes about 7am on Sunday.
In opposing bail under any conditions, Sergeant Paul Silvester told the Holden Hill Magistrates Court that Sumner had a lengthy criminal record, only being released from prison in May for offences of serious criminal trespass and indecent assault.
Sgt Silvester said Sumner, 27, also had served prison time for indecent assault and grossly indecent acts against four women aged between 55 and 68.
"This defendant has a history of sexual assault and grossly indecent acts directed towards elderly women... if he is released, history shows there is very likely to be further offending," he said.
Sgt Silvester said the alleged victim had noticed Sumner at a car wash on North East Rd, 20 minutes before he confronted her on Kennedy Ave.
He then allegedly grabbed her and tried to force her into the boot of a white Holden Commodore, stomping on her face as she screamed and struggled.
Sgt Silvester said the attack only stopped when a male witness verbally challenged Sumner.
"If that woman had been forced into the boot we could be dealing with a far greater offence today than we are," he said.
He was allegedly identified by CCTV footage and clothes matching the description of the alleged offender were seized from his home.
Magistrate Jane Schammer refused to order a home detention bail report because of the gravity of the allegations.
"This is right up there with very serious offending and I cannot possibly grant bail in the circumstances that are alleged," she said.
Sumner was remanded to appear in court again at a later date.
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