A 49-year-old man who told a woman she was beautiful before groping her bottom and moving his hands forward has pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

David Morris-Perry admitted the single charge when he appeared before Magistrates on Tuesday. He appeared in court remotely from Tyne and Wear, but gave a care of address of his estranged husband’s of West Hill Road in Ryde.

Liz Miller, prosecuting, explained to the court that on a date in September the defendant was in Sam’s Chicken in Ryde waiting for food. Whilst he was waiting, the victim arrived at the store to also order food. It’s at this point that a drunken Morris-Perry began telling the victim she was beautiful.

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Shockingly, he then grabbed the woman’s bottom and tried to move his hands forward between her legs. The victim shouted at Morris-Perry, calling him an ‘old creep’. The 49-year-old then put his head in his hands in shame.

The matter was reported to Police, who subsequently arrested Morris-Perry. In interview, he said he could not remember the event but showed remorse.

A victim impact statement read out to the court highlighted that the woman now feels ‘dirty and ashamed’ and she feels unsafe going out, even in a lit area.

Defending, Barry Arnett said that David Morris-Perry had been drinking more than he should after struggling with recent events, including a burglary and vandalism. Mr Arnett highlighted that there was no pre-planning.

The case has been adjourned until 15th November for a pre-sentence report to be compiled.

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1 month ago

Disgusting person. Being drunk used to give a greater sentence NOT a lesser one or to be used as an excuse, so wake up judges and add drunk in a public place to any feeble sentence you give


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