A RESTAURANT worker who sexually assaulted a girl on a bus was caught after her father helped nab the pervert.
The teenager became concerned after Wuqing He moved next to her on the service, despite only three or four other passengers being on board.
Lee Poppett, prosecuting, told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court that the girl thought that from his broken English, He was asking for directions before he produced his wallet to show her £10 and £20 notes and referred to 10 a number of times during the conversation.
As the 51-year-old spoke, he moved closer and closer to her, to the point where the left side of his body was up against her, and brushed her knee with his hand.
He took off his jacket and put it on his lap, which made her feel “extremely uncomfortable” and she feared for her safety when she was pushed up against the window and he touched her thigh.
She had already phoned her father asking him to collect her when he used his arm to touch her chest.
He, who was helped during the hearing by a Chinese interpreter, admitted sexual assault, but his basis of plea was not accepted at an earlier hearing as a district judge did not think it would make a difference to his sentence.
Mr Poppett added: “She thought that it was a continuous incident, as it happened for most of the journey. Mr He left the bus and she left the bus as her father had come to pick her up. Her father located Mr He, detained him and he was arrested.”
In her victim statement, the girl said: “The incident left me feeling distressed and extremely uncomfortable. I fear that I can’t leave my home by myself because I fear for my safety. I feel given the opportunity, this male could be extremely dangerous and attack females again.”
He, previously of Sunderland Street, Houghton, and now of Canterbury Street, South Shields, turned down the chance to be given a caution because he did not accept the allegations against him.
Ian Jordan, defending, said He had spent the last four of his 14 years in the UK in the North East, and works in a Chinese restaurant, sending cash home to his wife and children.
He speaks no English and only communicates with members of the Chinese community, with references to 10 during the bus conversation relating to the stop he needed.
Mr Jordan said: “I take issue with references he had actively been targeting a female on the bus, the basis of plea makes that clear. He is thoroughly remorseful of his behaviour.”
The bench sentenced him to a 12-month community order with supervision,a 12-week curfew to run from 2pm to 10pm, and ordered him to pay £1,000 in compensation.