Creeting St Mary man guilty of sex assault on hairdresser

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A man has been ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register after an assault which robbed his victim of her confidence and left her feeling ‘vulnerable’.

Paul Christopher Bailey, 48, of Kettle Lane, Creeting St Mary, was sentenced at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court last Friday (January 30) after being found guilty, after trial, of sexually assaulting a woman.

He received a 12 month community order with 240 hours’ unpaid work and an 18 month restraining order preventing him from contacting his victim or going to her place of work.

He was also ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years and to pay £775 in court costs and his victim £175 in compensation.

Rosalind Cappleman, prosecuting, told magistrates that on May 13 last year, Bailey made unwanted sexual comments and advances towards a hairdresser.

He told her he ‘loved oral sex’ and ‘kept spinning round in the chair to face her’.

He grabbed her, told her she had ‘a fantastic body’ and ‘wrapped both legs around her so she could not get away’, said Mrs Cappleman.

“She told him on more than one occasion she wasn’t interested and refused to give him her telephone number.”

The victim sent a message to her boss asking him to get to the shop quickly and eventually made an excuse to leave and ran, ‘distressed’, to a nearby shop.

The court heard how the victim began shaking and ‘sobbing uncontrollably’ when she returned to work two days later.

In a statement read to the court, the victim said: “What gave him the right to touch me? What kind of person did he think I was to do such a thing in broad daylight in a public place? That man has taken away my confidence and my ability to relax and enjoy myself in public.”

In mitigation, Jeremy Kendall said that Bailey had a history of depression, had been unable to work and it looked likely his relationship would end.

“He’s already lost an awful lot as a result of this conviction,” he said.