A ‘creepy’ nightclub bottom-pincher threatened door staff with a baseball bat after being identified and thrown out.
Stuart Blackwell, aged 58, was more than twice the age of his victim, who he assaulted inside Caesar’s Palace club in Bideford after trying to pick her up with cheesy chat-up lines.
She brushed off his attentions and was standing with friends when he walked past her and slapped and squeezed her bottom. The assault was caught on CCTV and showed her jumping away in shock.
He continued pestering her until she alerted door staff who threw him out, only for him to come back half an hour later armed with the baseball bat.
He was seen on CCTV in a crowded area just outside the club holding up the bat before being grabbed by four bouncers and held until police arrived.
Blackwell moved to the centre of Bideford after being released from a 26 month sentence for sexually assaulting a teenaged girl in Andover, Hampshire.
His assault left the girl frightened to go out on her own. She made a victim statement which said: “He was a total stranger and the fact he was so much older than me makes it even creepier.”
Blackwell, now of St Lawrence Rd South, Towcester, admitted sexual assault and having an offensive weapon in a public place and was jailed for nine weeks, suspended for a year and sent on a sex offenders course by Judge Peter Johnson at Exeter Crown Court.
He told him: “This was extremely upsetting to the victim and had a permanent effect on her. The contact was short lived but it was sexual contact nonetheless.
“It is an aggravating feature that the offence with the baseball bat outside the club was in a crowd of people and created a substantial risk of serious disorder.”
Herc Ashworth, prosecuting, said the incident happened late at night in December and started when Blackwell approached the woman in the smoking area.
He said: “The defendant told her ‘I’d recognise an arse like that anywhere. You’d be welcome at my place any time’.”
The woman laughed it off but was talking with friends when he came past and slapped and squeezed her bottom while smirking at her.
She alerted door staff after he carried on pestering her and he was thrown out.
He came back with the bat but was disarmed by four door staff and arrested by police. He later claimed he had planned to batter the doormen.
Ian Graham, defending, said Blackwell did not understand why he had been thrown out and returned to challenge the door staff. He took the bat for his own protection.
He said Blackwell has moved away from Devon to be closer to his family and is currently living on benefits while addressing mental health issues.