‘Le­g­less’ Christ­mas par­ty­goer groped woman

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ [email protected]­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

ADRUNKEN fac­tory worker groped a woman’s breasts af­ter be­com­ing “le­g­less” at a Christ­mas party.

Sean Grimshaw, 48, had been drink­ing for sev­eral hours be­fore the as­sault and had ear­lier shouted “all women are b ***** s” at the func­tion at the Royal Clifton Ho­tel in South­port.

He told South Sefton Mag­is­trates’ Court he had lit­tle mem­ory of the evening but de­nied that he would ever sex­u­ally as­sault some­one.

The vic­tim, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, said she had re­fused to dance with Grimshaw de­spite him re­peat­edly try­ing to drag her to the dance floor by the arm.

He later re­turned and groped her from be­hind while she was sit­ting down.

She said: “He came up be­hind me while my part­ner was next to me and grabbed my breasts.”

An an­gry con­fronta­tion then fol­lowed be­tween him and the vic­tim’s part­ner. Grimshaw was then pushed to the ground be­fore be­ing taken back to his ho­tel room by col­leagues.

Grimshaw, of Clip­s­ley Lane in Hay­dock, had started drink­ing at his home at lunch time and con­tin­ued in a South­port pub be­fore head­ing to the Prom­e­nade ho­tel at about 3pm.

He had fallen asleep on a stair­case at the party and, ac­cord­ing to the vic­tim, the DJ and a bar worker had at­tempted to force him to eat in a bid to sober him up.

The vic­tim’s part­ner de­scribed Grimshaw as act­ing “like a clown” and said he had eaten a bowl of cran­berry sauce to make peo­ple laugh.

He added: “Peo­ple were say­ing: ‘it’s nor­mal, let it go’.

“It’s not nor­mal in my world. I wouldn’t con­duct my­self in that way.”

The event, which in­cluded a free bar, was at­tended by staff from Grimshaw’s em­ploy­ers, Main­land Poul­try, and other work­forces.

A panel of three mag­is­trates, led by Mr Mc­Grath found Grimshaw guilty af­ter a trial on Fri­day.

Sen­tenc­ing was ad­journed to Fri­day, Jan­uary 4 for a pro­ba­tion re­port to be com­pleted.

the in­ci­dent hap­pened at the Royal Clifton Ho­tel in South­port

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