A MAN who has admitted pinning a woman to the floor and attempting to rape her will learn his fate later this week.

Scott Holding carried out a number sex acts while the victim was struggling to break free from his grasp, Teesside Crown Court heard.

The 27-year-old, who suffers from mental health problems, carried out the attack in July 2017 in his home.

In a victim impact statement, his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, spoke of her relief that he has accepted responsibility for his behaviour.

“I have struggled to come to terms with what happened that day. Scott tried to rape me,” she said.

“This is the first time he has faced up to what he has done.”

Richard Bennett, prosecuting, said Holding pulled a duvet cover off the victim and told her he was ‘going to do again to her’ because that was what his brain was telling him to do.

He said: “She said to him ‘no you are not’ and started to fight back; she kicked at him, bit him and kicked him in the chest, when he came back to her she managed to bite his neck and get him off her.

“She tried to escape and tried to get out of the address but he pulled her back and pushed her onto the mattress.”

Mr Bennett said Holding carried out a number of sexual assaults while she continued to try and fight him off.

He said the defendant kept her pinned to the floor while he carried out a sex act on himself and DNA recovered at the time corroborated the victim's version of events.

The court heard it was not a short incident and only came to an end when she managed to escape and summon help.

Holding, of Lancaster Way, Thornaby, pleaded guilty to attempted rape.

Rod Hunt, in mitigation, said his client's mental health paid a significant role in his behaviour on that day and 'doesn't function as an adult'.

"It is quite obvious, that through no fault of his own, he can be one minute charming, polite and restrained and the next minute struggling to contain an emotion," he added.

"You are dealing with a man, who despite his mental difficulties, has faced up to something serious– albeit, years ago. Those years have been a growing up period."

Judge Recorder Simon Jackson QC adjourned the case until Friday to allow himself time to read Holding’s psychiatric report.