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Skipton man admits sex assault
3:04pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
A terminally-ill man who attempted to kiss a woman who had gone shopping with her family to Morrisons was upset at the ending of his relationship, Skipton magistrates were told.
Richard John Walpole, 37, asked the woman – who only vaguely knew him – to step aside from the entrance to the Skipton store on July 27 because he “wanted a word with her”, the court heard on Friday.
He then took hold of her and kissed her on the neck, leaving her upset, crying and shaking, said prosecutor Hilary Reece.
Walpole, who was drunk at the time and carrying a two- litre bottle of cider, was later arrested and told police he had been upset because he had just split from his girlfriend. He had also been in breach of a two-year conditional discharge for burglary given in December, 2011.
In mitigation, John Mewies said Walpole, of Clifford Court, Skipton, had acted out of character after drinking a large amount of alcohol. He said he suffered from untreatable hepatitis in addition to Crohn’s disease and his life expectancy was extremely short.
Mr Mewies added that Walpole had been upset and excitable, but the assault had been “nothing more than a peck”.
However, he accepted that the woman had not consented and he apologised.
Walpole admitted sexual assault and magistrates adjourned sentencing for reports.