A twisted roofer who preyed on young women walking alone is today starting a six-year prison sentence.
Trevor Collier, 30, from Canterbury Road in Chilham, punched his female victims and tried to sexually assault one.
Canterbury Crown Court heard how Collier chased a 19-year-old woman as she walked along University Road on June 2 last year.
He threw her to the floor, punched her repeatedly until she passed out. She woke to see Collier walking away laughing.
Detectives were able to link DNA found on the victim to Collier and could place his car in the vicinity of the University of Kent campus.
Collier was arrested on November 15 at Center Parcs. He was charged with and pleaded guilty to committing an assault with the intention of committing a sexual assault.
While in custody Collier was also charged in connection with a similar attack in Ashford Road, Chartham, in April 2016.
An 18-year-old had been pushed to the ground and assaulted.
Det Sgt Ross Gurden of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “These were very serious offences committed by a dangerous individual who appeared to deliberately track and target young women when they were at their most vulnerable.
“The DNA evidence in this investigation was key and demonstrates what a vital role forensic investigators and scientists play in modern policing.
“Without their efforts it would have been much more difficult to prove Trevor Collier was responsible.
“His dreadful actions were traumatic for the two young women targeted in this case, who I hope have found some comfort in this result along with the knowledge that Collier will now spend a significant period of time behind bars.”
After his release Collier will have to spend an extra four years on licence as part of his extended sentence.