Teen’s sexual attack shame

Burnley Crown Court

Burnley Crown Court

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A TEENAGER sexually attacked a paramedic when he was on a night out, a court heard.

Matthew Owen, 18, twice tried to kiss the victim and groped her from behind in an ambulance.

The defendant also tried to hug the paramedic and another woman in the street during the incident last autumn.

Owen and his friends from Fleetwood had been out in Burnley.

The defendant was in such a drunken state, the paramedic was trying to help him outside a club when the attack happened.

Owen, of Winfield Avenue, Fleetwood, admitted sexual assault.

He was given eight months in detention, suspended for two years, with 100 hours’ unpaid work.

The defendant was ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and £200 compensation.

He was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.

Sarah Statham, prosecuting, said the victim had felt tearful afterwards and couldn’t complete her shift.

Lynn Whaites, for Owen, said: “He is deeply ashamed.”

Sentencing at Burnley Crown Court, Judge Beverley Lunt told Owen it was “imperative “paramedics felt safe carrying out their duties.”

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