An ex-soldier’s frustrations over the break-down of his marriage and his unemployed status led to him pinning a woman down and groping her breasts whilst her baby lay screaming only inches away.
Selby magistrates were told that the woman had been visiting Nigel Bernard Gill, 33, at his Manor Garth flat, Kellington, on February 3 and was pinned to a bed by him.
Sitting astride the female, Gill grabbed hold of her breasts under her clothing whist trying to undo both his own and her trousers.
The woman’s baby was on the bed beside them throughout, crying until she was able to break free and comfort the child before rushing to her own mother’s home and reporting the incident.
Gill, who left the Army with an exemplary record, pleaded guilty on Thursday (February 29, to a charge of sexual assault.
Steve Ovenden, prosecuting, told how in a police interview Gill was frank and said that he knew that the woman did not want him to touch her.
Gill added that he didn’t know what he had been thinking at the time.
Chris McGrogan, defending, said that his client had been suffering from frustration following the end of his marriage and also at the fact that a back injury was preventing him from working.
Adding that his client was “extremely remorseful”, Mr McGrogan said that a number of issues surrounding the case needed to be examined before sentence was passed.
Magistrates ordered an all-option pre-sentence report – to include possible imprisonment – and adjourned the case until March 21.
Gill was remanded on condition al bail.
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