Man, 58, spared jail for grop­ing sleep­ing woman

Bangor Mail - - NEWS - Eryl Crump

A MAN who ad­mit­ted sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a woman in her flat has avoided a jail sen­tence.

Martin See­ley, 58, of Thomas Street, Holy­head, had called to see the woman at the flat else­where in An­gle­sey in Oc­to­ber of last year.

They had chat­ted and later went to a lo­cal pub­lic house where both drank al­co­hol be­fore re­turn­ing to the flat in the early evening, the judge at Caernar­fon Crown Court heard.

Myles Wil­son, prose­cut­ing, said the woman had felt un­well and went to bed but told See­ley he could stay in the flat to watch tele­vi­sion but should not go to her be­d­room.

The woman, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, later woke up to find See­ley in the be­d­room touch­ing her in a sex­ual man­ner.

“Af­ter ask­ing him what did he think he was do­ing the woman put on her coat and ran out. She called a fam­ily mem­ber and was very up­set.

“He rang the po­lice who at­tended at the flat. See­ley was still there and was ar­rested,” the bar­ris­ter said.

The court heard See­ley, who had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, made ad­mis­sions at in­ter­view and ac­cepted what he had done was wrong.

Si­mon Rogers, de­fend­ing, said of­fences of this kind or­di­nar­ily at­tract im­me­di­ate jail sen­tences and ac­cepted there were ag­gra­vat­ing fea­tures.

But he suc­cess­fully ar­gued See­ley’s case was ex­cep­tional.

“There is no doubt he be­haved ap­pallingly in Oc­to­ber of 2016 but I would ask the court to bear in mind his ac­tions were com­pletely out of char­ac­ter,” he said.

Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke said she had read the re­ports re­lated to the case and had lis­tened to what was said in court.

“Th­ese are se­ri­ous of­fences and nor­mally de­fen­dants can ex­pect and re­ceive im­me­di­ate cus­to­dial sen­tences but this is an un­usual case.

“I take the view a com­mu­nity penalty would be more ap­pro­pri­ate in this case,” she said.

See­ley was handed a 16-month com­mu­nity or­der and must at­tend 60 days of course or­gan­ised by the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice to ad­dress his of­fend­ing be­hav­iour.

The judge stressed this was a sen­tence tai­lored to meet this par­tic­u­lar case only.

In ad­di­tion to the com­mu­nity or­der See­ley was or­dered to sign the Sex Of­fend­ers Reg­is­ter for five years and not ap­proach the vic­tim by any means what­so­ever in­def­i­nitely.

Martin See­ley, 58, pleaded guilty to sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a woman

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