OAP with de­men­tia ‘banned from buses’ af­ter sex as­sault

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS - JA­SON EVANS @Evans­the­crime • 01792 545549 ja­[email protected]­di­awales.co.uk

A PEN­SIONER suf­fer­ing with de­men­tia has been banned from trav­el­ling on buses with­out adult su­per­vi­sion af­ter he sex­u­ally as­saulted a teenage girl dur­ing a jour­ney.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened just weeks af­ter the end of a sex­ual harm pre­ven­tion or­der which had been im­posed on 72-year-old An­thony Carter af­ter he was caught openly per­form­ing a sex act on him­self in a pub­lic toi­let. A judge de­scribed the case as “trou­bling” and said there were few sen­tenc­ing op­tions open to him given the de­fen­dant’s de­te­ri­o­rat­ing men­tal health.

Swansea Crown Court heard that on Septem­ber 5 this year Carter and his 17-year-old vic­tim boarded a bus in the city cen­tre Quad­rant bus sta­tion.

Tom Scapens, pros­e­cut­ing, said Carter sat next to the teenager even though there were free seats else- where on the ve­hi­cle, and be­gan talk­ing to her.

The court heard that dur­ing the jour­ney Carter rubbed the girl’s breast with his el­bow, and told her “I bet you liked that, didn’t you”.

Mr Scapens said the teenager was shocked by what was hap­pen­ing, and re­sponded by laugh­ing – she then “en­gaged” with the pen­sioner “so mat­ters did not es­ca­late”.

Carter later took the girl by the hand, told her she was lovely and he wanted to kiss her, and moved his face to­wards hers – the teenager turned her head away, so Carter kissed her on the cheek.

The court heard Carter then apol­o­gised for what he had done, and got off the bus – wav­ing to his vic­tim as he did so. The in­ci­dent was re­ported to po­lice the fol­low­ing day, and Carter was ar­rested on Septem­ber 7 at his son’s house – when ques­tioned by po­lice he de­nied the of­fence but a check of CCTV on the bus showed the ac­count of the vic­tim was “fully sup­ported” by the footage.

In a vic­tim im­pact state­ment read to court, the teenager said she had felt “trapped” by Carter on the bus, and the ex­pe­ri­ence had left her feel­ing ner­vous around men she did not know, and suf­fer­ing from panic at­tacks.

She added that she felt an­gry at her­self for do­ing noth­ing about Carter’s be­hav­iour at the time, and she felt she was partly to blame. Carter, of Bernard Street, Swansea, had pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to sex­ual as­sault when he ap­peared in the dock for sen­tenc­ing.

The court heard he has pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for four of­fences, all of a sex­ual na­ture. The first con­vic­tion, for ex­po­sure, re­lated to an in­ci­dent when he lived in Swansea’s SA1 dock­lands area in 2012 The sec­ond con­vic­tion, a sex­ual as­sault by touch­ing, in­volved him “cup­ping the breast” of a dif­fer­ent neigh­bour while help­ing her with some hand­i­work.

The third con­vic­tion, from 2013, in­volved him “cor­ner­ing” a fe­male toi­let at­ten­dant in con­ve­niences in Parc Tawe, ex­pos­ing his pe­nis to her, and telling her to touch it.

The fourth of­fence hap­pened in the toi­lets of Mcdon­ald’s in Swansea’s Cas­tle Square when he was seen per­form­ing an act at a uri­nal as he chat­ted to cus­tomers.

Lee Davies, for Carter, said he had at­tempted to get a re­port from his client’s med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner about his de­men­tia but the doctor “was not pre­pared to help”.

He ac­cepted the of­fence crossed the cus­tody thresh­old but noted the de­fen­dant was no longer “in a fit state” to go out alone due to his con­di­tion.

Judge Geraint Wal­ters de­scribed the case as “very trou­bling” – and one that was dif­fi­cult to sen­tence.

Carter was sen­tenced to 12 months in prison, sus­pended for two years, was put on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for 10 years. He was made the sub­ject of a sex­ual harm pre­ven­tion or­der which pro­hibits him from trav­el­ling on pub­lic trans­port un­less he is ac­com­pa­nied by an adult who knows about his con­vic­tions and reg­is­tra­tion re­quire­ments.

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