March 2018

Pervert sexually assaulted teen on bus then told police he thought it was ‘funny’

A pervert who had drunk almost a dozen pints of lager sexually assaulted a teenage girl on a bus – then told police he thought it was “funny”.

Repeat sexual offender Quentin Jones, 22, from Barry , deliberately sat next to his victim before telling her she was sexy and trying to slip his hand up her trouser leg.

In his police interview the defendant said he thought his behaviour was “funny”.

Cardiff Crown Court heard the 17-year-old girl was waiting at a bus stop in King Square, Barry, at about 6pm on February 12.

Prosecutor Jason Howells said the defendant – a stranger – started talking to her.

The court heard she got on the bus and sat towards the back then Jones got on too and walked past a number of empty seats to sit opposite her.

Mr Howells said she felt “uncomfortable” and wanted to move away but felt she could not.

Jones tapped the girl’s leg with his foot and said: “I’m sorry, I find it funny.”

Prosecutors said she moved her leg away and did not want to talk to him.

The court heard Jones then said: “I don’t know how to get a girl like you. What do girls like?”

She told him she did not know and stated she had a boyfriend.

Prosecutors said he “looked her up and down” and asked: “Do you know what boys like?”

He then answered his own question, saying: “They like the trousers you have got on. Tight trousers.”

The court heard she felt “disgusted” by his comment but unable to move away from him.

Mr Howells said the defendant stared at the girl and said: “You’re really sexy. I don’t know how to get a girl like you.”

He told the court Jones touched her foot with his hand and moved his hand up her leg.

The prosecutor said: “She pushed his hand away and told him to stop. She was effectively frozen to the seat and scared of what might happen.”

The court heard five minutes later he touched her foot again and put his hand inside the bottom of her trouser leg.

She told him: “Stop, don’t do it, I’ll tell someone, just leave me alone.”

Prosecutors said Jones pushed the button for the bus to stop, told the girl “You’re looking really good”, then got off at the end of Broad Street.

Mr Howells said he was identified using a picture the girl took on her phone and CCTV from the bus.

Jones was arrested the next day and told officers: “I’m sorry, I must have been drunk. I can’t remember.”

He said he had been in the Bassett Bar and drunk 11 pints of Carling.

The defendant told police he was “trying to be nice” and was in a “jokey mood”.

He denied any sexual feelings and stated he thought the girl was joking when she asked him to stop.

Jones accepted he probably did say she was “sexy” but did not know why he made those comments and could not remember touching her leg.

Prosecutors said the victim was “frozen to her seat in fear” and now feels scared to get the bus.

The defendant had been before the courts for five previous offences – three sexual assaults, one attempted sexual assault and shoplifting.

Jones, of Barry, admitted sexual assault.

Nicholas Gareth Jones, defending, said his client, who lives in supported housing, has a low IQ and believes he is an alcoholic.

He described him as an “unusual character”, adding: “He is totally the wrong type of person to be in prison.”

Judge Eleri Rees said: “Yet again, while in drink, you go and harass and touch a young woman who wants nothing to do with you, causing her embarassment, distress and fear.

“You may have found it amusing at the time but she – and the other women – certainly did not.”

Jones was given a 30-week jail term, suspended for 18 months. He was ordered to complete 25 hours of a rehabilitation activity and comply with a 12-week curfew.

The judge imposed a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order banning him from going into pubs and drinking in the street.

She told him: “This is going to be your very last chance. Breach this order and you will find yourself going downstairs.”