Groping glass collector known as Spider crept up on victim in club

Blackpool Magistrates court
Blackpool Magistrates court
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A groping club glass collector nicknamed “Spider” got too intimate with a female club member.

Nigel Ryder, 53, thought he was on to a winner as his victim watched horse racing alone at the social and recreation club where he worked.

Ryder crept up on his 42-year-old victim. He put his arm round her, kissed her twice and touched her inappropriately.

The shocked woman went back into the main bar and told her father what had happened.

Later she told her husband and he called in the police

Ryder, of Babbacombe Avenue, South Shore, was found guilty of sexually assaulting his victim at the resort’s Highfield Road club where he has since been sacked.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, told Blackpool Magistrates Court that the victim would go to the club with her father and on January 3 he had put some bets on horses and she went into the darts room to watch the races and collect the results for him.

During the 3.15 pm race at Wolverhampton, she noticed the glass collector, known to members as Spider, come into the room even though there were no glasses to collect.

She was watching the end of the race when he suddenly sat down beside her kissed her on each cheek, touched her and made an inappropriate comment.

“I felt his whiskers on my cheek and smelled his body odour,” she said in her statement,”I felt sick and violated. He has said sexual things – sexual innuendo – to me before.”

“I was shocked and upset at what had gone on and do not want to go out any more.”

During his police interview Ryder said he did go into the darts room as he was trying to make himself look busy but denied her version of the events.

Gerry Coyle, defending, said: “This man is an only child and still lives with his parents.He inhabits his own little world and when he is not working collecting glasses he goes twice a week to the pub.

“He had taken a shine to this lady which was no reciprocated.”

Ryder was placed on probation for six months and an eight-week curfew.He must pay his victim £300 compensation and £260 court costs.