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Teenager groped ‘vulnerable’ drunken girl outside Barnstaple nightclub

PUBLISHED: 12:18 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:18 06 December 2017

The former Kokomo nightclub in Barnstaple.

The former Kokomo nightclub in Barnstaple.

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Suspended prison sentence for 19-year-old who groped a ‘drunken’ girl leaving former Barnstaple nightclub Kokomo.

A teenager who groped a drunken girl as he helped carry her from a Barnstaple nightclub has been sent on a sex offenders’ treatment course.

Haydn Bailey, 19, took advantage of the drunken girl after buying her four drinks at the former Kokomo club on The Strand, and put his hand inside her underwear.

Bailey is a care leaver who was also only 18 at the time of the attack in October last year, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Bailey, of Fairy Cross, Bideford, admitted sexual assault by penetration and was jailed for 16 months, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 20 days rehabilitation activities and attend a sex offenders’ treatment course.

He was also curfewed for three months and ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC.

He told Bailey: “This was a very serious offence. it was a sexual assault on a young woman and who you took advantage of.

“She was in a condition in which she was vulnerable against a background of drinking.

“What you did had a very profound effect upon her. I have read her victim impact statement and I hope you fully understand that what you did was not only wrong but did her a lot of harm.

“You have pleaded guilty and I have read about your difficulties and vulnerability. This case is so serious it must be marked by a jail sentence, but that can be suspended.”

Lee Bremridge, prosecuting, said the 18-year-old victim had been drinking at home with friends and at a pub before going to the Kokomo club where she met Bailey.

They danced together and he bought her drinks but she became unwell and upset, and after they had been sat outside together they went back in the club.

He asked her friends to help carry her to a taxi and while he was walking with her he took the opportunity to put his hand inside her clothing.

Richard Crabb, defending, urged the judge to follow the suggestion of a probation report which recommended a sex offenders’ treatment programme.

He said Bailey had a difficult background in and out of care and is currently living with a foster family.

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