A Kimberley man was yesterday sentenced to two years imprisonment, after he entered a last minute guilty plea to a string of sex attacks. Michael Bear, 25, appeared in Broome District Court on Monday November 8, where he plead guilty to six charges relating to a string of sex attacks committed between 2018 and 2020. With nine counts on the original indictment, involving allegations from four separate victims, the prosecution decided over the weekend to discontinue three of the most serious counts, from one particular complainant. The decision left just six counts on the indictment, involving three separate victims, which put Bear in a position to make a last-minute guilty plea to all six counts and saw the trial scrapped entirely. The court was told between March 1, 2018 and April 1, 2018, in Derby, Bear unlawfully and indecently assaulted a woman by touching her buttocks. Then between September 30, 2019, and November 1, 2019, in Derby, Bear unlawfully and indecently assaulted a different woman by touching her buttocks, pushing her to the ground and forcefully kissing her face. Later, between January 1, 2020, and March 1, 2020, Bear unlawfully and indecently assaulted another woman by attempting to pull her into the dark on a public street and remove her clothing. The court was also told between March 1, 2020 and April 1, 2020, Bear unlawfully and indecently assaulted a woman by pulling her into the dark, attempting to remove her clothing and touching her vagina. The defence told the court Bear was heavily intoxicated when the events occurred and he was remorseful for his actions, hoping to return to his community of Mowanjum when he was released from custody. Having already been in custody for 19 months since April 30, 2020, the punishment was formulated taking into account Bear’s considerable time spent in jail. District Court Judge Troy sentenced Bear to two years imprisonment, backdated to April 30, 2020. “Sexual offending is a matter of deep concern throughout the Australian community, including the Aboriginal community,” DCJ Troy said. With the original trial set to run from Monday to Friday, the DCJ Troy also issued an apology to the jury and thanked them for their service.