Sussex Police said most of the reported incidents took place throughout the seaside resort, with most of the offences happening from the early evening through to 3am. Handing Barbutu a suspended sentence, Judge David Rennie said he would have been facing prison but for the fact he speaks no English and suffers from mental impairment. He said: “You caused great fear and ongoing anguish. They were simply going about their business and they were fully entitled to be left alone.” Barbutu was handed one 12-month sentence and 10 ninemonth sentences to run concurrently.
The sentences were suspended for two years and he was ordered to carry out 40 days of rehabilitation.