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Hythe sex attacker released early from six year jail term caught trying to rob another woman in Maidstone

A hooded man, who carried out a sex attack five years ago, has now been caught attempting to rob another woman.

Christopher Hatcher, 35, had been jailed in 2015 for six years after tracking his victim along the Royal Military Canal in Hythe.

Hatcher has now been recalled to prison after attempting to rob another woman. Picture: Kent Police
Hatcher has now been recalled to prison after attempting to rob another woman. Picture: Kent Police

The predator then took out a knife and frogmarched the frightened woman to a secluded area where he threatened to kill her unless she undressed.

Hatcher was released early from the six year sentence and in March last year - while living in Maidstone - attacked a woman and snatched her mobile phone.

Now Judge Julian Smith has ordered a report into what danger Hatcher might pose in the future after he admitted attempted robbery at a hearing earlier this year, the judge adjourned sentence until August.

Hatcher, who was living at probation hostel at Fleming House in Maidstone, had been subject to a 9pm curfew.

Prosecutor Christopher May told Maidstone Crown Court he had lied to staff claiming he was in Chatham and was having difficulties in returning by train.

Maidstone Crown Court, Stock picture
Maidstone Crown Court, Stock picture

"But in fact, he had been in Maidstone all the time drinking a considerable amount."

Hatcher, who had been living in Chestnut Terrace, Dymchurch Road, Hythe at the time of the 2015 incident had also stalked the police investigation through online news reports.

At the time he was jailed after admitting sex assault, kidnapping and robbery. Since committing the other offence, he has been recalled to prison.

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