Brandon man repaid help by sexually assaulting passenger in car

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A woman’s concern for a man laying in the street was repaid by him sexually assaulting a passenger in her car.

Oliver Thompson, 23, of Gas House Drove, Brandon, was sentenced by Bury St Edmunds Magistrates on Friday having pleaded guilty at a hearing in July to sexual assault on a woman in Brandon .

Sandra Dyer, prosecuting read a victim statement, in which the woman said she and a friend and were being driven home by the friend’s mother when they saw Thompson laying outside a house.

The mother asked if he needed a lift home, but when he got in the car he put his arm round the woman, made obscene remarks and touched her leg. The driver asked a man in another car to get Thompson out of her car. The victim said: “I was very scared at the time in case he hit me. I didn’t want him to touch me.”

Ms Dyer said he told police he had had drunk lager and vodka. He could not remember being in the car.

Thompson’s adoptive grandfather Michael Thompson said: “He accepts his behaviour was inappropriate.”

He said his grandson had ‘a language assimilation problem’ and did not understand everything said to him.

Thompson received a community order for 12 months with requirements for supervision, a thinking skills programme and an alcohol specific activity. He was put on the sex offenders’ register for five years and ordered to pay £100 compensation, £60 victim surcharge and £40 costs.