January 2019

Dumbarton amputee groped schoolgirl in charity shop

An amputee has escaped a jail term after groping a 13-year-old girl in a charity shop.

Patrick Barnes was in the dock at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week after admitting sexually assaulting the teenager by seizing her by the buttocks over her clothing.

The 36-year-old Dumbarton man assaulted her in the Salvation Army charity shop in the town’s High Street on September 4.

Barnes, of Risk Street, pleaded guilty on his last court appearance and sentencing had been deferred for a background report to be carried out on him.

Sentencing him, Sheriff Simon Pender warned him about the severity of the offence and added: “This is a serious matter involving a sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl causing her fear and alarm.

“However, given your personal circumstances, I have concluded that by a narrow margin, I can deal 
with this by way of an alternative to custody.”

Barnes was sentenced to a restriction of liberty order, requiring him to stay in his home between 7pm and 7am every day for the next five months.

He was also ordered to pay the girl £500 in compensation.

Sheriff Pender warned him that he would send him to prison if he failed to pay up, given his previous failures to comply with court orders.

Barnes was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.