August 2017

Dangerous Barrow sex attacker jailed for six years

A MAN who wrestled a woman to the floor and sexually assaulted her in broad daylight in a Barrow street has been jailed for six years.

Curtis Baron, 20, was dubbed a dangerous offender and put on the sex offenders’ register for life after a court heard he targeted the woman in Cambridge Street in May last year.

Baron, of Oxen Croft, Barrow, was also sentenced for a burglary in which he grappled with a householder and threatened to stab him in front of his teenage daughter, three days before Christmas – while he was on bail.

Judge James Adkin told him: “It seems to me that literally you are an out of control young man who uses drugs and occasionally carries weapons.”

Preston Crown Court heard Baron saw the woman, who he knew vaguely through Facebook, walking alone and shouted at her to give him a kiss. He tried to put his hands in her waistband and kissed her neck.

The woman broke free when a member of the public walked past and interrupted the attack, but Baron followed her into Risedale Road and rugby tackled her to the ground and was on top of her, before she screamed and managed to wriggle away from her attacker.

In a victim impact statement, the woman who can not be named for legal reasons, said: “I get a lot of anxiety because of this incident. At first I thought I would be OK but as time has gone on I realise I am not happy to go out on my own.”

Baron was arrested and denied the offence but, while on bail, he broke into a house in Abbotsvale through an unsecured door. The householder was watching TV with his 14-year-old daughter when they heard someone in the house and went to investigate.

Baron was standing on an upstairs landing with his face covered, but the teenager recognised Baron as someone who had previously been friends with her sister. Baron and the men grappled on the landing and both men fell down the stairs.

As the teenager shouted to Baron to get off her dad, he turned to her and said: “Tell your dad to get off me or I’ll stab him.”

he public walked past and interrupted the attack, but Baron followed her into Risedale Road and rugby tackled her to the ground and was on top of her, before she screamed and managed to wriggle away from her attacker.

The man and his daughter started to panic and let Baron go.

Sentencing him at Preston Crown Court, Judge Adkin said: “Your sexual offending causes me to have concerns about the way you behave when you are disinhibited through drugs.

“Something on that night made you become a sexual predator and a danger to young women out and about on the streets in Barrow-in-Furness.

“Your offending seems to me to produce very real concerns that what happened in the street is a prelude to more serious conduct and it seems to me that literally, you are a young man who uses drugs and occasionally carries weapons.

“There is a risk you will commit further specified offences occasioning serious harm to members of the public.”

Baron was convicted of sexual assault and burglary, along with possession of an offensive weapon – a knuckleduster which was found in the panniers of his scooter. He was sentenced to six years in a young offenders institute for the sex offence, with 14 months for the burglary and six months for possession of the knuckleduster to run concurrently.

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