Sex assault man 'misunderstood victim's refusal'
A MARRIED man who sexually assaulted a woman after he misunderstood what she meant by "stop" has been given a suspended jail term.
Business student Serwan Saed, an Iraqi Kurd, groped the woman as he was driving her car, Bristol Crown Court heard.
When he asked her if she would like him to stop and she said "yes", he misunderstood, stopped in a field and touched her improperly.
The 26-year-old from Birch Road, Yate, whose wife and an interpreter attended court for the sentence, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a female in July last year.
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Judge Michael Longman gave him an 11-month sentence, suspended for two years.
The judge told him: "I accept the language difficulties and miscommunication resulted in you misinterpreting what (the victim) meant.
"But that is not a complete explanation for your behaviour and you should have stopped before you did.
"I accept you believed that she was consenting, however unreasonable that belief was.
"You should have taken more care to ensure that she was happy with what you were doing."
The judge ordered Saed to be supervised for a year and banned him from the Tesco Express in Station Road, Yate.
He was excluded from going to the victim's address, told to pay her £500 compensation and ordered to sign as a sex offender for ten years.
Timothy Hills, prosecuting, said that Saed had complimented the woman on her appearance in the Tesco shop and they exchanged telephone numbers.
The next day, however, Saed touched her improperly as he took her on a drive and carried out the five-minute assault, as she froze, when she told him to stop.
Mr Hills said: "Afterwards she went home and showered thoroughly.
"She received a text from the defendant, asking if he could give her number to his mate.
"She said: 'I will not be seeing you again. You made me feel dirty and I am not. Please don't give my number to anyone.' "
The court heard the woman felt unable to relay her ordeal to anyone, but told her GP and was advised to inform police.
Catherine Spedding, defending, said: "It was an unreasonable belief in consent.
"She said she wanted him to stop and he misunderstood that.
"She was fearful and she didn't speak. He believed he had permission to go on."
Ms Spedding said her client would be "extremely cautious" in future and his wife was fully aware of the allegations and continued to support him.