A 20-year-old man has been found guilty by a Bradford Crown Court jury of attempting to rape a young woman in an underpass.

Adil Sharaz, of Chatsworth Street, Dalton Lane, Keighley, was yesterday convicted on a majority verdict of attempted rape and two charges of sexual assault.

The jury had been told that the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had been left distressed and bleeding after Sharaz attacked her beneath Hard Ings, Keighley, as they returned to a flat in Rylestone Street after buying cigarettes early on October 4, 2009.

The court was told Sharaz, a supermarket worker, had spent the day watching cricket on television before joining a group of friends at the flat for a drink. He said he drank four vodkas and coke and had smoked cannabis earlier in the day.

The woman had arrived at the flat at about 9pm and had been drinking before she and Sharaz went to a petrol station for cigarettes. He attacked her shortly afterwards.

In his defence Sharaz had claimed the woman invented the allegations after he rejected her advances.

Pre-sentence reports were requested from the Probation Service because of Sharaz’s age and lack of previous convictions, Adjourning the case, Judge James Stewart told him: “You have been convicted by the jury on all three counts. You are remanded in custody and I will sentence you on March 14. You are going to be taken down.”