Man pleads guilty to attempted rape

WILLIAM Bird consumed a number of alcoholic drinks at a local hotel before he climbed into a woman's Urbenville home through the bathroom window, undressed and attempted to rape her last year.

The 23-year-old male pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court to attempting to have sexual intercourse with a 58-year-old woman and occasioning her actual bodily harm.

Police allege that on December 11 last year, Bird returned home from the Crown Hotel in Urbenville after it closed and went to a man's home, which was in the street Bird lived .

There he stole a number of items, including a wallet, a mobile phone and a packet of tobacco.

He is also charged with stealing from the dwelling.

He then walked to the home of a 58-year-old woman and gained access to the premises through the bathroom window, which was slightly ajar.

Once inside the house, Bird went into the bedroom where the woman, who lived by herself, was asleep.

He undressed and climbed on top of the victim.

As Bird tried to have sex with the victim, he said: "I'll kill you" and tried to restrain her as she kicked, screamed and struggled.

The victim managed to free herself from his grip before Bird fled the premises, leaving behind his underpants.

Facts state that Bird then went home to bed.

At the home of the victim, police discovered some of the items Bird is accused of stealing from the first home.

When police arrested Bird and took him to Lismore Police Station for questioning he also had a stolen item in his jeans pocket.

Bird appeared in Lismore District Court by video link on Tuesday.

His defence lawyer entered a guilty plea on his behalf.

Magistrate Denes committed Bird for sentencing in Lismore District Court on November 21.

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