Man, 58, spared jail for groping sleeping woman
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