Dagenham man given community order for sexual assault
PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:00 29 September 2015
A man who sexually assaulted a woman after a night out has been given a community order.
Reis Meeking, of Homestead Road, Dagenham, approached his victim on her way home before putting his hand up her skirt.
Barkingside Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday that the 20-year-old, who had pleaded guilty to the offence, had been partying at Circuit nightclub in Romford, before walking to the station shortly before 3am on June 27.
Meeking came up to the victim, who had also been at the nightclub with her friend.
He started talking to the 27-year-old before putting his hand up her skirt and touching her sexually without her consent.
“She slapped his hand away and told him not to do it,” said the prosecuting lawyer.
“When she walked away she was shocked and unhappy.”
Defence lawyer Kaushik Ramdhary said Meeking hadn’t remembered his actions.
“He thought he couldn’t have done it until he was shown the CCTV. He is very, very sorry about what he’s done, he wants to apologise to the victim through the court.”
He added: “It did shake him up and shake up his family as well. He does feel ashamed, this is not the kind of offence that someone would want on his record.”
Judge Clifford Wright imposed a community order of 18 months, and 40 hours of rehabilitation activity.
“This court is not sending you to prison today, but that does not reflect the seriousness of the offence.
“The fact you are of previously good character has weighed heavily in your favour.”
“There is no compensation to the victim because that will be a constant reminder to the victim and undermine the impact of the offence.”
Meeking will be entered on The Sex Offenders Register and is also required to pay £85 in prosecution costs, £60 victim surcharge and £180 court costs.
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