Pyjama pervert locked up after party attacks

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A party-goer who sexually assaulted two women in their pyjamas – at two different parties – has been jailed for two years.

In the first incident Simon Downes, 33, was punched by his victim’s husband, but went onto to commit a similar offence five months later.

But a short time later he went back to the sofabed and put his hand down the front of her pyjamas

Downes of Cocker Street, North Shore, Blackpool, has also been ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years by Judge Simon Newell.

Preston Crown Court heard how his first victim, a married woman who regarded herself as being “like a mum” to him, had been at a party in a house in Blackpool on December 20 into 21 last year.

Nick Kennedy, prosecuting, said she had been at the get together in a friend’s home with her husband.

Downes had told her: “You make me tingle , you give me lumps and bumps.”

She had shaken it off and told him not to be an idiot.

Mr Kennedy added: “ He then sat down on the sofabed where she was sitting and put his hand down her pyjamas.

“When she challenged him he said sorry and that he was messing about.

“But a short time later he went back to the sofabed and put his hand down the front of her pyjamas.”

The defendant ended up being punched by her husband.

He was arrested on December 21 after revellers called police and was bailed.

On May 10, Downes was invited into a party in a flat near his home.

At one point he asked a woman to “sit on his knee” and patted his lap, making out he was showing her a selfie picture that had been taken.

However he put his hand in her pyjamas and committed a serious sex assault.

The victim, who said she had only spoken to him twice, was left shocked and crying.

Defending, Ian Simkin said the offences were “unpleasant” and committed in drink, but were: “mercifully brief”.