Bottom-slapper avoids jail term
A cyclist dubbed Brighton’s serial bottom slapper, after terrorising women in late-night assaults, has been spared jail. Constantin Barbutu would don a hoodie and ride up behind women who were walking, running, or cycling alone, before smacking or groping them. The Romanian dish-washer escaped a prison sentence when he appeared in Hove Crown Court, because a judge felt he was so “severely intellectually impaired” that he would not cope behind bars. Initially denying 21 charges of sexual assault, he pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial to crimes against 11 women.