July 2017

Sleazy pensioner told teen she was ‘too old’ and called her ‘beautiful’ 

A sleazy sex offender told a teenage girl she was “a couple of years too old” when she spurned him at a train station.

Kenneth Stephens, 68, made his booze-fuelled approach to the teenager at Newcastle Central Station on May 11, rubbing her shoulder and telling her she was “beautiful”.

The victim, who can not be named for legal reasons, was sat on a bench opposite Burger King with another teenage girl when she was subjected to the ordeal.

Prosecutor Justin Gibson read out the victim’s evidence during a hearing at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, describing the moments after Stephens’ approach when he asked the girls whether they were watching “inappropriate” videos on their phones.

Her statement said: “The man placed one of his hands on my left shoulder, I felt it moving slowly right to left.

“He looked me up and down and said I was beautiful, I told him to leave me alone twice.

“I felt his fingers press, and he said ‘how are you going to get through life being nasty to people?’

“As he walked away, he said we were ‘a couple of years too old for me anyway’.

“At the time, I felt intimidated, uncomfortable and confused.

“I believe he touched me in a sexual way, and I can’t believe he touched me like that in a busy public place.”

When stopped by police on platform three shortly after the incident, Stephens told officers ‘he was expecting that’ and asked them tell the victim he was ‘sorry’.

The sex offender, who pleaded guilty to the offence of sexual touching, was last convicted for three sexual assaults as recently as February.

Stephens, of Joyce Court, Wardley, Gateshead, was already subject to a community order and placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years following his conviction earlier in the year.

He was handed a sentence of 17 weeks suspended for a year for his most recent offence, ordered to pay court costs totalling £200 and had his stint on the register extended to seven years.

Delivering the verdict, chair of the bench Janice Brazell said: “You have posed the bench a rather difficult decision.

“We are going to sentence you to a term of 17 weeks in custody. We have listened to the advice of your probation officer and we are prepared to suspend your sentence.

“The community order has not had time put anything positive into effect. We hope you will work with probation and we will not see you again.”