Pervert jailed for sexually assaulting Bury girl, 14

A pervert who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl while she was asleep has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison.

Manchester Crown Court heard Simon Fitzgerald, 29, of Otter Drive, Bury, engaged a 14-year-old girl in a horrific sex act after she fell asleep while watching TV.

Fitzgerald pleaded guilty to the offence, and intimidation of a witness.

On one occasion, he shouted through the letterbox of the victim’s mother and placed a can of petrol on her doorstep in efforts to intimidate her, the court heard.

He pleaded guilty to both offences during a trial on March 1, despite previously denying the allegations.

Mark Kellett, prosecuting, told the court: “The act went on for about five minutes before the defendant left. The victim pretended to be asleep once she realised what was happening.”

Judge Timothy Smith jailed the defendant for 56 months and told the court: “The remorse that you maintain now and your guilty pleas are your best defence.”

Fitzgerald has also been issued with a restraining order to ensure he does not approach the victim or her family in the future.

He will also be bound by a sexual health prevention order – meaning he will not be allowed to stay in the same house as a child under 16 unless social services approve.