Man who ‘put his hand up woman’s skirt’ hit out at her friend when challenged

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A man has been left with lasting injuries after he was assaulted for standing up for a friend who had been ‘sexually touched’ on a night out.

Timothy Entwistle has suffered problems with his mouth, eye and cheek since he was punched in the face by Benjamin Gibbons in the early hours of October 28, Boston Magistrates’ Court has been told.

Gibbons claims he has no recollection of hitting the man or touching the girl, but, on Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to inflicting bodily harm without intent and sexual touching.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Gibbons, of Eleven Acre Lane, Kirton, had been chatting to the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in the Blu Monkey when he suddenly tried to kiss her. She moved away, but he then put his hand up her skirt and touched the inside of both her thighs. After this, Mr Entwistle confronted him, but the 24-year-old refused to apologise and then punched him in the face.

The following day, he collapsed at home, and was found to have numerous injuries when he was taken to hospital.

Reading from Mr Entwistles’s statement, Ms Stace said: “I’m very nervous about going out on my own. I am a young person and should be able to feel safe when going out with friends.”

When he was interviewed, Gibbons said he had no memory of the proceedings that night, but that the behaviour ‘didn’t sound like him’.

Defending, Beris Brickles said: “He has accepted the allegations, notwithstanding the fact his recollection was non-existent, because of his level fo intoxication.”

Magistrates sent the case to Lincoln Crown Court for sentencing. Gibbons has been granted conditional bail.