Man jailed for trying to kidnap a child


A 37-year-old man from Smethwick has today been sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to four-and-half years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing of trying to kidnap a nine-year-old girl from a street in Bearwood.

The victim was walking home on Sunday 29 March 2015 at 1:30pm along Belmont Road in Bearwood when Edward Burns grabbed her by her coat and dragged her into an alleyway.

The young girl's screams alerted a member of the public who confronted Burns and told him to leave the victim alone. This intervention caused the defendant to let the girl go and run away.

Police investigation led to the arrest of the defendant who was charged with and later pleaded guilty to kidnap.

Heath Westerman, Acting District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution said:

"Edward Burns motivation that day when he dragged the helpless nine-year-old into an alley was clearly sexual, and if it was not for the girl's screams alerting a passer-by, he may have succeeded with his devious plan.

"The prosecution team would like to pay thanks to the bravery of the young victim who assisted the police with their investigation as well as the member of the public who intervened when she heard the victim's screams. They both played a key part in helping to bring this dangerous offender to justice."