‘Mistaken identity’ sex grope case
A REVELLER who kissed and fondled a BLIND girl in a club has appeared in court charged with sexual assault – because she thought he was someone else.
Stephen Hayes, 27, ( below) was on a night out, when he began slow dancing with the lady – who has a visual impairment.
She thought he was another man she had met earlier and they kissed and cuddled.
Hayes then went to touch her under her clothes when she realised her mistake and pushed him away, Plymouth Crown Court was told.
Hayes, of Plymouth, Devon, who said he did not know the woman was disabled and that he believed what happened between them was consensual, pleaded not guilty to sexual assault.
Because of her condition the victim can only recognise people by their body shape and clothing.
The trial continues. DENIAL: Fred Talbot at court