May 2012

Judge’s pity for predatory sex attacker as he SPARES him jail for stalking underage schoolgirls

A predatory sex attacker has escaped jail because a judge decided locking him up would be ‘utterly cruel’.

Andrew Jackson, 48, twice stalked schoolgirls aged 13 and 14 and made sexual approaches in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, before finding a disabled woman to attack.

But Judge Jeremy Richardson QC allowed Jackson to walk free from Hull Crown Court, saying it would border on cruelty to jail him because he suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. 

He told Jackson: ‘I wish to make it plain you deserve to be sent to prison. 

‘But sending someone like you to prison would be utterly cruel. 

‘You are very much to be pitied. 

‘You have never had a full sexual relationship. It must be very frustrating.’

He added: ‘I have a public duty, but it would be quiet wrong to impose a cruel punishment. 

‘Quite frankly you could not cope in prison. I have no doubt your life would be a misery.’

Jackson had already been spoken to twice by police for stalking children around Bridlington in playgrounds and wooded areas on a moped.

He showed one girl aged 13 a picture of his privates.

The police said he sexually questioned two 14-year-old girls before asking: ‘Are you legal?’

And the court heard Jackson sexually assaulted a disabled woman he met while walking around Bridlington on April 18 last year.

He shoved his hands into the underwear of the 21-year-old on a park bench and refused to let go.

The woman’s friend heard her screams for help and had to drag Jackson off her.

Judge Richardson said he aggravated matters by initially insisting on a trial falsely claiming the woman had prostituted herself to him for £20.

Barrister Martin Sharpe said police in Bridlington were so concerned about Jackson’s potential threat they wanted a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for him to stay out of children’s playgrounds.

Defence barrister Patrick Palmer said Jackson had an IQ of 75, lived at home with his parents, did not work and had suffered all his life from an undiagnosed condition.

Mr Palmer said he had a facial habit of winking which was open to misinterpretation by young girls.

He said Jackson’s Asperger’s could not be cured, but could be managed from day to day 

Jackson, of Trentham Close, Bridlington, had pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual assault by touching, knowing that the woman did not consent.

He was made the subject of a two-year community order with a supervision requirement in an effort to alter his behavior in the long term.

Judge Richardson also imposed a 10-year sexual offences prevention order and placed Jackson on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

The judge told Jackson: ‘Young girls have to be protected in your area. 

‘You have to learn to control yourself. I regard sexual offences as a very serious crime. Usually the men involve deserve to be sent to prison. It would not be right here. It would be bordering on cruelty.

‘However if you harass any more girls you will end up in jail.’