Sex pest assaulted guest

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A WOMAN was sexually assaulted while an overnight guest at a house in St Annes, a court was told.

Francis Haldane took advantage of the situation after having earlier walked in on the woman and her partner while in bed.

Preston Crown Court was told he had thought his own advances might be welcomed.

Haldane, 59, formerly of St Annes, now living in Glasgow, pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual assault.

The offence happened at Haldane’s address in the Fylde resort where the female victim was a guest in August last year.

Rachel Faux, prosecuting, said the woman and her partner had had sex in a bedroom.

She added: “They were interrupted by the defendant going into the room and asking what time they would be up for a trip to Glasgow in the morning.

“The defendant apologised for interrupting the couple.

“He carried on the conversation, despite what he had seen.”

After that the woman fell asleep, with her partner in bed.

“She later woke up and realised she was being sexually assaulted and screamed to Haldane ‘Get off me’.”

The defendant was lying down on the bed totally naked and asleep.

Chris Hudson, defending, said it was a serious offence and Haldane feared being sent to prison.

He added: “He had consumed far too much alcohol which he wasn’t used to. He was without his normal senses.”

Mr Hudson said the defendant had heard what was happening next door.

“He went into the room and saw what was taking place.

The defence barrister added: “He thought his attentions might be welcomed, well, they were not.

“As soon as it was made clear his attentions were not welcome he desisted immediately.

“He is genuinely contrite. This case is a graphic demonstration of the dangers of excessive alcohol.”

Haldane was placed on three years’ court supervision by a judge who also directed that he should be put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.