Drunken at­tacker trapped woman in hos­pi­tal room

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

A MAN trapped a woman in a hos­pi­tal room and sex­u­ally as­saulted her.

Karl Miller had made sex­ual com­ments to the tech­ni­cian and touched her breast af­ter he had been taken to hos­pi­tal when he was drunk.

Ash­ford mag­is­trates told Miller he nar­rowly missed go­ing to prison, giv­ing him a sus­pended sen­tence, and plac­ing him on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for seven years.

Act­ing chair­man of the bench Peter Gill told Miller: “We are not pre­pared to triv­i­alise this.

“The per­son as­saulted was a pub­lic ser­vant do­ing her job. She should not be sub­ject to this sort of ac­tiv­ity.

Out­ra­geous

“She was in­tim­i­dated, there were sex­ual com­ments and she pan­icked. She was dis­tressed and alarmed.

“What you did was out­ra­geous. It was lucky the po­lice were in at­ten­dance when you trapped her and stopped her go­ing to­wards the door.”

Miller, 26, of Mable­don Av­enue, Ash­ford, ad­mit­ted sex­u­ally as­sault­ing the woman on March 14.

Sara Jones, pros­e­cut­ing, said that Miller had been taken by am­bu­lance to the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing found drunk in the street .

She said: “The am­bu­lance crew suf­fered drunken abuse.

“They were so in­tim­i­dated they locked him in the ve­hi­cle and po­lice were called.”

At the hos­pi­tal, Miller was taken to an ob­ser­va­tion room where he told a fe­male tech­ni­cian he wanted to have sex with her.

Mrs Jones said: “He closed the door and stood in her way and con­tin­ued to make in­ap­pro­pri­ate com­ments.

“She pushed past him to get out and he touched her left breast over her clothes.

“She was very shocked and had to get out to calm down. “She had felt full of panic.” “He was ar­rested and taken to Ash­ford po­lice sta­tion and con­tin­ued to make sex­ual com­ments.”

Mrs Jones said that later in in­ter­view Miller told po­lice he had had an “im­mense amount” of al­co­hol and was un­able to re­mem­ber much at all.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1702502

Karl Miller leav­ing Ash­ford Mag­is­trates’ Court

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