A drunken workman who grabbed a woman’s breasts when he went to her home to carry out re-pointing work was jailed on Thursday for 18 months after a Court heard he had problems with depression and alcohol.

The 46-year-old was convicted of one charge of sexually assaulting the woman when she was alone at her home in Studham near Dunstable, Bedfordshire in June last year.

He was cleared of a second charge of sexually assaulting her by grabbing her bottom.

Lawyer Stuart Sprawson told Luton Crown Court that members of his family and others speak highly of him.

 

He handed the Judge references that indicated his positive character.

He said his sister and brother were in Court to support him and that his former headmaster had spoken highly of him.

Mr Sprawson said that after the man’s business and marriage failed drink had become a “dominant feature.”

He went on: “He has had a very complex and difficult life. The flaws in his character led him to misbehave on this occasion.”

Judge David Farrell QC told him: “I have seen a psychiatric report which indicates you have depression and alcoholism. You have had positive character references that speak highly of you.”

The man was given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning him from contacting the woman directly or indirectly and going to the village of Studham. He must register as a Sex Offender for 10 years.

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