Sex offender groped woman – then stole phone to stop her reporting it

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A MAN groped a woman then stole her mobile phone to try and stop her from reporting it.

Robert Wilkinson attempted to rub his victim’s private parts, Durham Crown Court heard.

“The victim had to bite him to get him off her,” said Adrian Dent, prosecuting.

“It appears likely he took the mobile phone to prevent her contacting the police immediately.”

Wilkinson, 21, of Salters Lane, Shotton Colliery, was convicted of sexual assault, two charges of common assault, and theft, after a trial earlier this year.

Ros Scot Bell, defending, said in mitigation: “The root cause of his offending is his use of drink and drugs. Since being convicted of these offences, he has served six weeks in prison for a separate offence of theft.

“He now knows what custody is like and tells me he doesn’t want to go back.”

The Recorder, Mr Jonathan Carroll, jailed Wilkinson for 30 weeks, telling him: “You denied these offences and had a trial. In your pre-sentence report, you are still saying you did nothing wrong. There is no indication you are prepared to accept any responsibility for your actions.”

Wilkinson must register as a sex offender for seven years