A man has been jailed for a total of three and a half years after he was convicted of molesting a girl while she was in bed with her boyfriend.
Leeds Crown Court heard Michael Hughes, had pulled down the 16-year-old’s knickers while she was asleep and then got into bed between her legs but she woke and resisted him.
He was staying at the same address in Huddersfield where the teenager and her boyfriend were staying overnight and he had been drinking before the offence.
When the girl’s boyfriend discovered him he grabbed a golf club and struck Hughes with it threatening to kill him. Hughes in turn then chased her boyfriend with a knife down the street.
The court was told Hughes had no previous sex offences on his record but had convictions for offences of violence and offensive weapons.
Hughes, of no fixed address was found guilty by a jury of sexual assault and affray. He was jailed for two and a half years for the assault with 12 months consecutive for the affray.
Stephen Uttley representing Hughes said he had initially been accused of raping the girl which was later retracted. He had not actually touched the girl sexually other than pull her knickers down in spite of what was said at the time, but accepted she was in a vulnerable position.
Jailing Hughes, Judge Christopher Batty said he had indicated he was attracted to the girl earlier and “you allowed too much cider to get the better of you.”
The girl had feared she was going to be raped. There was a heated argument when her boyfriend found Hughes there “and took a golf club to your solar plexus.”
“You then chased him with a kitchen knife down the street.”
He had taken into account in sentencing that Hughes had previously faced a more serious charge against him which had been withdrawn but it remained a serious case.