December 2017

Man sucked toddler’s ear and sexually assaulted his mum at bus station

A pervert sucked the ear of a three-year-old boy before grabbing his mother in between the legs in a bizarre assault at a bus station.

Drunk Barry Smart sat next to the mum and son, who he didn’t know, as they waited for a bus before trying to hug the child.

A court heard that, as the horrified woman tried to move the youngster away, Smart sucked the boy’s ear.

But the 41-year-old’s shocking behaviour didn’t stop there as he turned to the mum and grabbed her in between the legs and on her bum, magistrates were told.

And the woman’s terrified other child was forced to run for help as the victim desperately tried to push Smart away.

A member of the public then intervened and a drunk Smart staggered off.

Now, Smart, of Upper Barresdale, in Alnwick, Northumberland, has been warned he faces a possible prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault and one of common assault.

Anna Barker, prosecuting at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court, said Smart first staggered over to the mum and her two children at a bus station on the afternoon of November 17.

Smart initially approached the toddler, who was playing near his mother, and tried to talk to him

The court heard he then followed the youngster as he ran to sit next to his mum.

Ms Barker said: “The defendant went to sit next to the mother and attempted to give [the boy] a hug and grabbed him and sucked on his ear.

“That’s the common assault. [The mother] then took her son away from the defendant. The defendant was slumped and rested his hand in her thigh.

“She removed his hand and he put it between her legs making grabbing motions. [The mother] tried to get him off and he put his other hand on her buttocks.”

Magistrates heard the woman’s horrified older child ran off to get help and Smart left the scene.

In a statement, the mum said: “This experience frightened not only me, but my children too.

“The assault left me feeling violated. It’s shocked me as this sort of act shouldn’t happen to anyone, especially to a mother with children at a bus stop.”

Magistrates warned Smart, who has four previous convictions, that he could possibly go to jail as they adjourned sentencing for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

He was released on conditional bail to next appear back in the same court on December 22