Bot­tom-slap­per avoids jail term

Irish Examiner - - World News -

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.

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