Man sentenced for assault with intent to rape, Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline
A 40-year-old man has today, Friday 7 May, 2021, pled guilty to attacking a woman with intent to rape as she walked in a park in Dunfermline.
Dean Stevens (pictured below) received an order of lifelong restriction at the High Court in Edinburgh with a minimum sentence of two years and three months in prison. The order ensures that if he is released he will be subject to intense supervision.
The incident happened around 6.20am on Sunday, 24 May, 2020, when he followed a 25-year-old woman into the park and pushed her to the ground. She struggled and he ran off.
Detective Inspector Kelly McEwan, of the Fife Divisional Rape Investigation Unit, said: “We welcome today's sentence, in particular the imposition of the Order of Lifelong Restriction which affords the protection of an indeterminate sentence, ensuring that Stevens' release is not guaranteed after his minimum sentence is served and he will not be released until the Parole Board are satisfied that imprisonment is no longer necessary for the protection of the public.
“This was a terrifying attack which I've no doubt was sexually motivated and would have been even more severe if the woman had not managed to fight him off.
“Fortunately she was not seriously injured but was left extremely shaken and upset. I want to thank her for her courage.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to say that Police Scotland is determined to bring sexual offenders to justice. We treat all sexual crime with the utmost seriousness and encourage anyone who has been the victim of sexual offending to come forward where they will be supported by specially trained officers.
“You can contact officers via 101, or 999 if it is an emergency.”