Man molested woman on a bus in Paddock
A serial pervert molested a woman on a bus in Huddersfield because he “misinterpreted the signals” a court heard.
Michael Coonan was already on court bail for an earlier offence in August last year against a 16-year-old girl at Leeds Bus Station when he began chatting to a 43-year-old woman waiting to catch a bus in Paddock on January 14.
Michael Morley, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court yesterday (Tues) he asked her name and at one point stroked her arm.
When the bus arrived he got on and sat next to her. She had her handbag on her lap and Coonan suddenly put his hand on her left thigh and began rubbing it up and down. She was shocked and pushed his arm away.
Mr Morley said Coonan then put his arm around her saying: “Why do you look so worried, we’re having a bit of love aren’t we” and gave her sloppy kiss on her left cheek.
He tried to hold her hand and she told him “don’t do that” and pulled away. She turned to face the window but he tried to turn her back towards him.
When the bus got to the terminus he stood up and she could see he had an erection.
When she got up to leave he grabbed her round the shoulders and kissed her on the side of her face again but she pulled away and walked off.
She said she felt violated and subsequently phoned the police with a description of the man and they recognised his distinctive appearance.
In the earlier offence he sat next to the 16-year-old put his arm around her close to her breast and kissed her on the cheek. She told him “get off” and pointed him out to a policeman.
The court heard Coonan already had problems before he suffered head injuries in an accident in 1988.
Coonan, 54 of Quarmby Road, Quarmby, admitted two sexual assaults and was given a 12 month community order with 30 rehabilitation activity days and a three month curfew from 7pm to 7am which would “stop him riding the buses” for a time, said the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC.
Huddersfield man spared jail for sex attack
A 49-year-old man who sexually assaulted a Huddersfield woman has been spared jail.
Instead, a judge has given Michael Coonan a three-year community order.
Coonan will also have to register with the police as a sex offender for the next five years.
Coonan’s victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was attacked by him after he persuaded her to go to his home in Quarmby Road, Huddersfield, for tea.
Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that the woman also suffered from learning difficulties.
And Coonan’s barrister Yunus Valli described it as a tragic case for all parties concerned.
Coonan, who has been remanded in custody for over 200 days, was originally charged with rape, but his guilty plea to sexual assault was accepted by the prosecution at his trial last month.
The rape allegation was ordered to lie on the file.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC was told that Coonan had no previous convictions and a detailed pre-sentence report put forward a constructive suggestion for monitoring him in the community.
The judge noted that Coonan had already served the equivalent of at least an 18-month sentence on remand and he ordered progress reports from the probation service so he could see how the defendant was responding to the community sentence.
Under the terms of the order Coonan will be subject to a night-time curfew for the next six months.
The judge also imposed a sexual offences prevention order which limits his unsupervised contact with other vulnerable people.