Teen girl was assaulted in park bushes

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A TEENAGER who had recently split up with his girlfriend sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in a park, a court heard.

The 17-year-old had been drinking heavily during the day on May 12 last year with friends in a Sunderland park.

The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, began asking girls in the group to give him hugs but they all declined.

The victim, who knew the defendant, was walking away from the skate park when he grabbed her towards him and they both went into a bush.

Katherine Dunn, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court: “He was under the influence of alcohol.

“He said he needed drink because he had just split up with his girlfriend.

“He said to the victim ‘come here’ but she didn’t want to go with him.

“Eventually she went into the bushes with him and the defendant had hold of her by the arm.

“He bit her neck and pulled her leggings down.”

Miss Dunn added that the 15-year-old had also been drinking and accepts that she went willingly into the bushes.

After the assault, she confided in a friend who told a school officer, and the defendant was later arrested.

The teenager, who was 16 at the time of the offence, pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual assault.

At Newcastle Crown Court, he was given a nine-month youth rehabilitation order with supervision, and was told he must not make contact with his victim.

Recorder Martin Bethel QC told him: “These are serious offences and it gives rise to concern for the future.

“You must understand that if you commit offences like this again the chances are a serious view will be taken.”