Drunk’s 10 pints be­fore char­ity shop bum slap

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A PER­VERT who groped a col­league on his first day in the job has been jailed.

Wil­liam Mer­chant, a for­mer de­liv­ery driver for Ar­gos, was or­dered to do 100 hours of un­paid work af­ter be­ing caught drink driv­ing last year.

On his first day of un­paid work at a char­ity shop in Deal, Kent, in Jan­uary this year, the 50-year-old – who was drunk – ap­proached a fe­male worker and slapped her on the bot­tom as she sorted out a bag of do­nated cloth­ing.

He then de­manded a kiss from the ter­ri­fied wo­man be­fore grop­ing her breasts, telling her: “I will be back to­mor­row and so will you.”

Can­ter­bury Crown Court heard how Mer­chant, of Rams­gate, Kent, was drunk when he ar­rived, and he later ad­mit­ted down­ing up to 10 pints of beer be­fore start­ing his shift at the char­ity shop.

Paul Hog­ben, de­fend­ing, said Mer­chant was ‘deeply ashamed’ of his be­hav­iour.

He was con­victed of sex­ual as­sault and jailed for two-and-a-half years and banned from vis­it­ing Deal for 10 years.

Hus­sain’s next two at­tacks came in quick suc­ces­sion in the early hours of De­cem­ber 2. He took ad­van­tage of Uber’s in­for­mal book­ing sys­tem to in­ter­cept his vic­tim by pre­tend­ing to be the cab she had or­dered.

The wo­man had been out cel­e­brat­ing her staff Christ­mas Party at the pop­u­lar Book Club bar in Shored­itch.

She called an Uber cab at 2am but Hus­sain, who was parked out­side the bar, told her he was her driver when she ap­proached him.

He drove her to a park­ing bay and cut her cloth­ing with scis­sors while she slept in the back. She woke up to find him kiss­ing her and tried to fight the sex fiend off.

The wo­man even­tu­ally got out of the car and Hus­sain sped off when she said she’d call po­lice, the court heard.

She re­alised she had left her phone in the car and called him back with her work

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