Moment predator who calls himself ‘The Beast’ flees after pouncing on mum

This is the moment a sex pest who called himself “The Beast” fled after trying to strangle a mum walking home from dropping her kids off at school.

Benjamin Creek pounced and sexually assaulted the woman May 5. The victim, in her early twenties, was on her way back home on a footpath in Leeds at around 9.15am.

Creek, 31, dragged her to a nearby grassy area while choking her with a dressing gown cord and then pinned her to the ground.

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The victim fought back and a passer-by disturbed the scene, leading to Creek fleeing, Leeds Live reports.

Wearing a black beanie hat, black face covering and a black coat with a fur-trimmed hood, Creek ran south along the A643 before turning back up the A643 then along Gelderd Road onto Whitehall Road. He was picked up on CCTV but only as a figure in the distance.

The images were posted to West Yorkshire Police social media on May 15 and immediately attracted a huge response from the public which led to Creek being identified as the suspect. He was arrested the same day and subsequently charged in relation to the incident on May 5, and a further incident on May 9 where he had exposed himself to a schoolgirl.

He was initially charged with sexual assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and committing an offence with the intention of committing a relevant sexual offence, as well as with exposure over the incident on May 9. The charges for the May 5 incident were later updated at court to Section 21 Offences Against the Person Act 1861 – attempting to choke, suffocate or strangle any other person in order to commit any indictable offence, alongside the sexual assault charge. He also admitted further counts of indecent exposure in court.

Creek admitted the offences and was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Friday, May 19, to 12 years extended sentence. Mitigating, Charlotte Rimmer, said: "These are offences which took place when he was undiagnosed and untreated for a complex variety of mental health disorders and that is relevant to the ultimate length of sentence.”

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Suzanne Hall said: "This was a very sinister and disturbing incident where a woman was brazenly attacked near to a busy road as she walked back from taking her child to school during the morning rush hour. It was a terrifying experience for her, and we know it has left her understandably traumatised.”

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