A man who forced a teenage girl into his car before physically assaulting her has been jailed for eight years.
Connor Martin, 19, of Mynchens, Laindon, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, assault, handling stolen goods, using threatening behaviour with a bladed article, driving without insurance, driving other than in accordance with a licence and driving dangerously.
Basildon Crown Court heard how on Tuesday October 27 2015 Martin was driving his car along London Road, Pitsea when he pulled alongside the victim and asked her to get into his car to talk.
The 16-year-old got in but left the door open so she could get out quickly. However Martin sped off in the car and began violently attacking his terrified victim, even letting go of the steering wheel to hit her in the head and face.
The victim begged Martin to free her but he refused and instead drove her to his home in Mynchens where he forced her to undress.
The young girl managed to phone her father when Martin left the room, and he called police who promptly arrived and arrested him, taking the victim to safety.
Martin was charged, admitted the offences and was jailed at Basildon Crown Court on Friday July 29.
Following the sentencing Det Insp David Miles said: “Martin is a nasty and dangerous offender and his lengthy sentence reflects this.
“I would like to praise the bravery of Martin s young victim in having the courage to support this prosecution and I hope now she can begin to rebuild her life knowing Martin is locked behind bars.
“I would also like to praise my team Pc Keith Corry, Dc Steve Cross and Ds Phil Rowberry who worked hard to put Martin before the courts and ensure he ended up where he belongs behind bars.
Martin also admitted a charge of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16. The charge relates to an offence involving a different girl, aged 14, which occurred in 2014. Martin was given a six-month jail term for the offence which will run concurrently.