A married man who sexually assaulted a woman after he misunderstood what she meant by "stop" has been given a suspended jail term.Oh, this’ll be good!
Business student Serwan Saed, an Iraqi Kurd…*gets popcorn*
…. groped the woman as he was driving her car, Bristol Crown Court heard. When he asked her if she would like him to stop and she said "yes", he misunderstood, stopped in a field and touched her improperly.Riiiiiiight….
Who’d believe that?
Judge Michael Longman gave him an 11-month sentence, suspended for two years.Oh.
The judge told him: "I accept the language difficulties and miscommunication resulted in you misinterpreting what (the victim) meant. "But that is not a complete explanation for your behaviour and you should have stopped before you did.
"I accept you believed that she was consenting, however unreasonable that belief was.
"You should have taken more care to ensure that she was happy with what you were doing."Wait, back up a second… ‘driving her car’? How’d that happen? Just where did these two meet?
Timothy Hills, prosecuting, said that Saed had complimented the woman on her appearance in the Tesco shop and they exchanged telephone numbers.
The next day, however, Saed touched her improperly as he took her on a drive and carried out the five-minute assault, as she froze, when she told him to stop.Hmmmm. Do you wonder at just how you go from meeting a man in Tesco to swapping numbers to letting him drive your car?
Catherine Spedding, defending, said: "It was an unreasonable belief in consent.
"She said she wanted him to stop and he misunderstood that.
"She was fearful and she didn't speak. He believed he had permission to go on."She’d already given him permission to do some pretty strange things, clearly. Maybe it wasn’t such an ‘unreasonable belief’?
Ms Spedding said her client would be "extremely cautious" in future and his wife was fully aware of the allegations and continued to support him.I just bet she does….