Busker sexually assaulted in Leeds shopping centre

An OAP who said his sentence for child sex abuse should be cut because of his 'old age' has had his case rejected.
An OAP who said his sentence for child sex abuse should be cut because of his 'old age' has had his case rejected.
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A busker was sexually assaulted as she performed in a shopping centre in Leeds, a court heard.

Martin Johnson, 56, placed his hand up the victim’s skirt when she bent over as she finished a song.

Leeds Crown Court heard Johnson’s friend, Kevin Roberts, 38, then slapped the woman across the bottom when she turned around to see who had assaulted her.

Johnson “erupted” with rage when the victim accused them of being disrespectful.

Mark McKone, prosecuting, said Roberts threatened to damage the victim’s musical equipment before telling her: “You don’t insult a man from Brixton.”

The incident happened at 1.30pm on July 9 last year while the woman was singing and playing guitars with her friend in the busy centre.

Mr McKone said both men had been drinking and went up to the woman and shook her hand an hour before the incident. Police were called and both men claimed they had been having a joke.

Johnson, of Newton Lodge Close, Leeds, pleaded guilty to sexual assault. Roberts, of Frederick Street, Leeds, pleaded guilty to common assault and threatening behaviour.

Alistair Campbell, for Johnson, said the offence was not sexually motivated and was more to do with the amount of alcohol he had drunk. Elliot Kay, for Roberts, said his client had drunk a lot of cans of Special Brew before the incident.

Johnson was given a 12-month community order and 120 hours unpaid work. Roberts was given a 12 month community order and told to take part in a six-month alcohol treatment programme.

Judge Guy Kearl, QC, said: “This was an extremely upsetting incident for the complainant.”

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