A 21-year-old Dursley man harassed and threatened a woman and forced her to touch him sexually, a court was told.

Shannon Wilkins, formerly of Oak Drive, Dursley, but now of no fixed address, admitted two charges of harassment and one of sexual assault at Gloucester Crown Court this week (May 17) and was jailed for a total of 21 months.

Prosecuting, Giles Nelson told Judge Martin Picton that the defendant knew the woman and had been violent towards her before.

"He went to prison for violence last year and on his release contacted the woman threatening to tie her up and put her in an attic so that no-one would be able to hear her," Mr Nelson said.

On January 11 police were called to her home and she told officers that Wilkins had sexually assaulted her.

After Wilkins was arrested, he used a mobile phone to text the woman and harass her.

The court was told that he had a record for violence and public order offences, vehicle taking and anti-social behaviour and he had also committed a previous offence of sexual assault.

In mitigation, Ian Halliday said the offences stemmed from Wilkins' immaturity.

Judge Martin Picton told Wilkins he needed to grow up.

Wilkins was jailed for 16 months for the sexual assault, two months consecutive for harassment and three months consecutive for the harassment carried out from the mobile phone while he was on remand. He had admitted all the offences.

He was also made to sign the sexual offenders register for ten years and made the subject of a restraining order banning him from contacting the woman in any way.