March 2013

Pervert targeted girls in Newcastle McDonald’s

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A pervert tried to kiss a young girl before exposing himself to the teenager and her friend.

Steven Hill targeted the 15-year-old in McDonald’s on Newcastle’s Northumberland Street in the early hours of the morning when she and a friend were ordering food.

While the pal was at the counter, the victim was sat at a table on her own when the 43-year-old sat beside her and stroked her leg before kissing her and trying to put his tongue in her mouth, a court heard.

The frightened victim pushed him away and told him to stop and quickly went to join her friend and the pair left the restaurant.

But dad-of-two Hill followed the girls as they went into a friend’s house nearby, the court was told.

And it was here  that he made lewd comments to the pair before exposing himself to them.

One of the girls phoned the police and Hill was arrested.

He pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual assault and one of exposure at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.

Sentencing Hill to 28 days prison suspended for two years, District Judge Gary Garland said the offences were so serious, they passed the custody threshold.

He said: “You know these offences are serious, you don’t need me to go over it to enforce how serious the matters were.

“Bearing in mind, these took place in and around McDonald’s and the area adjacent to it and they are two young girls.

“If one was to be unkind, we might ask what were they doing out at that time of night and what were they doing drinking, but that doesn’t invite you to take advantage of them in the way you clearly did.

“The touching and advancing towards them is bad enough but then you expose yourself also.

“Fair dos for admitting it, even though you don’t remember the exposure. These offences together are so serious, that a custody sentence is justified.”

Rehana Haq, prosecuting, told the court the girls were in McDonald’s at 3.30am on January 3 when Hill spotted them.

Reading from a statement from the victim, she said: “My friend went to the counter and I stayed seated. A male approached the table.

“This male had tattoos on his forearms. He approached me and said ‘Are you all right?’.

“He sat down next to me and stroked my left leg. He then started kissing me on the lips.

“I pushed him off and told him to stop and went to my friend. I don’t know why I didn’t tell staff then what had happened.”

The court heard the girls left and walked to a friend’s house nearby.

It was in the foyer of the property that Hill, who has previous convictions for harassment, made lurid comments to them before exposing himself and the police were called.

The court heard Hill, previously a happily married man with two young children, had no record for previous sexual offences and thought the girls were a lot older than they were.

Crying, he told the court he couldn’t remember exposing himself but accepted that he did.  He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders register.