A vile creep who admitted dragging a 35-year-old woman down a lane and sexually assaulting her was today jailed for four years.

Andrew Greensmith, 36, grabbed his terrified victim as she walked along Beith Street in Partick on January 11 last year.

Greensmith, who was wearing gloves, covered her nose and mouth with one hand and with the other pushed her further and further down the lane.

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His terrified victim screamed and managed to bang on a ground floor flat window.

At this point Greensmith released his grip and walked away.

A woman came to her aid and they both followed Greensmith along Rosevale Street. 

They saw one black glove fall from his rear trouser pocket and the Good Samaritan picked it up and handed it off to cops.

The DNA found on the glove was a match for Greensmith, who has two previous convictions for sexually abusing women. 

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At the High Court in Glasgow, Judge Lady Stacey ordered Greensmith to be monitored in the community for four years after his release to protect the public.

She also placed Greensmith on the sex offenders' register.

She said: “This is behaviour that is completely unacceptable. You must be punished for what you did.”

Prosecutor Greg Farrell said: “The woman described herself as panicking, believing that she was about to be raped or killed.

“The accused accepts that his motivation for carrying out this attack was sexual in that he finds women's fear sexually arousing, which is why he perpetrated this offence.”

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The court heard the attack has had a profound effect on Greensmith's victim.

She no longer goes out alone after dark and has been forced to change her work hours to avoid returning home in the dark. She also has difficulty sleeping.

Defence QC Gary Allan said that Greensmith, who worked in a Barnardos's shop twice a week until this incident, has learning difficulties.

Mr Allan told the court: “He gets sexual gratification from causing fear. 

"Despite this it has never been his intention to rape anyone.”

The QC said that Greensmith recognises that his actions very very frightening for the woman.