Groper told to pay victim

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A SEX pest who groped a woman as she sat on a train has been ordered to pay her compensation of £150.

Mechanic Richard Weipert will also serve a nine-month community order for the sickening incident on a journey from York to Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard how he started to make comments about the woman’s breasts before he reached out, without warning, and grabbed one.

The shocked woman told the 29-year-old to stop. But minutes later he took some tissue from his trouser pocket and told her to cover up her chest.

He then tried to put the tissue down the front of her top until it became lodged in her cleavage.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, reported the incident to police and Weipert was later arrested and appeared in court last month.

Weipert, who lives with his partner in Royston Grove, in the Fens area of Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to committing sexual assault during that hearing but his sentence was adjourned to Tuesday for a report to be written by the probation service.

British Transport Police’s outline of the case stated: “This offence was against a woman over the age of 16 where she makes it quite clear that she doesn’t want it. It was fondling and grabbing of the woman’s breasts outside the clothing.

“He was about a foot away from her and he made comments about her breasts. Then, without any warning, he grabbed her left breast, taking hold of it and feeling it.

“He was told to behave and move his hand. He again tried a few seconds later and tried to put some tissue down the front of her dress and she removed the tissue. It caused her distress and concern.”

Barry Gray, mitigating, said when his client boarded the train back to Hartlepool he sat near to the woman and there was a “party atmosphere”.

He added: “He noticed she was upset and that he’d gone too far and he apologised.

“She did not move away.”

Police said the incident took place over 20 minutes and Weipert, who has no previous convictions, groped the woman between 15 and 20 times. But Weipert claimed he touched the woman twice.