‘I want to bite you all over’ Court hears of texts a Tunbridge Wells man attempted to send a child
A Tunbridge Wells man who attempted to send sexual texts to a teenage school girl claims predictive text “does all sorts of things”.
Edward William Woods, of Walnut Way in High Brooms, appeared before Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court
He had earlier pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.
Kumud Singh, prosecuting, told the court how Woods, a labourer, had met the girl as she walked to school in April last year.
Reading from the victim’s statement, she said: “Every time I saw him he would say ‘good morning, isn’t the weather good today?’
“One day I continued walking to school and the man was behind me and said ‘oi’ and that he was leaving, he gave me a piece of paper with his name and number on it.”
After confiding in a school friend, the victim, who cannot be named, gave the number to her friend’s mum who had concerns about Woods handing his mobile number to a school girl.
When the concerned parent texted the number, the replies became more sexual and when asked “what will you be thinking about?'” he replied, “you on top”.
After being positively identified by police, Woods was arrested and later claimed the sexual messages were sent after he suspected the person he was texting was in fact not the teenage girl.
He later claimed that he did not know what “you on top” meant and added that predictive text “does all sorts of things”.
Messages sent by Woods were read out in court – with one including the words “I want to kiss you, cuddle you and bite you all over”.
Chairman of the bench Louise Bryant gave Woods a 91 day jail term, suspended for 12 months and ordered him to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work in the community.
He was further slapped with a five year sexual harm prevention order and fined a total of £415.