A man out drinking on New Year’s Eve put his hands down the back of a woman’s trousers and told  her: “You know you want it. It is really good.”

The 32 year old and the woman, who knew each other, had been out separately in Dunstable town centre and had seen each other in the Nag’s Head.

After leaving the pub he followed her along High Street North when he grabbed her hands and tried to force them down his trousers before exposing himself to her, Luton crown court heard Wednesday 22nd July.

Prosecutor Gabrielle McAvock said the woman, who was 22, had been to the First and Last Pub before going on to the Nag’s Head with friends. After the assault, she ran to Asda and called her boyfriend.

The Leighton Buzzard man pleaded guilty to sexual assault on 31 December last year. The guilty plea came on the day of his trial before a jury was sworn. In May he had been sentence to 12 weeks’ jail for common assault.

Andrew Morton, defending, said there had been no “skin to skin” contact. He said the man had spent 4 weeks on remand in custody and two months on a qualifying curfew. He asked for credit for his guilty plea.

Judge Richard Foster told the defendant : “It was shocking and unpleasant for her. It was aggravated by you being in drink and it being late at night.”

The judge made a 6 month Community Order. He must carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work, abide by a 3 month curfew between 8pm and 6am. He made a 5 year restraining order banning the man from contacting the victim.