‘Dreadfully wrong’: Roma man sexually assaults family friend
A MAN with 10 pages of criminal history bowed his head in shame and clasped his hands together as the Roma Magistrates Court heard how he sexually assaulted a family friend, said “give us a go ya sl-t” before headbutting her in the nose.
The court heard on October 28, Reginald Ambrose Hooper, 53, pleaded guilty for a sexual assault he commited against an adult female family friend at his home.
One afternoon in August, the victim and her daughter attended the Hooper’s home where they consumed an extensive amount of port mixed with water in celebration of his birthday.
Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court, the defendant dropped a glass on the floor then said “f--k it, I can do what I want” in a sexual nature.
Sergeant Whiting said the Hooper asked the victim to do the splits, show him her “punani” (vagina) and said “give us a go ya sl-t”.
The court heard Hooper grabbed the victim from behind and tried to kiss her while stroking her right breast and told her he wanted to have sex with her.
Sergeant Whiting said Hooper then touched the victim’s vagina, over her clothing before she yelled at him to get off her.
She sat with a witness before Hooper came over to where she was sitting and headbutted her in the nose.
Magistrate Peter Saggers raised that the defendant has not been charged with assault for the headbutt offence.
Both Saggers and sergeant Whiting agreed that a term of imprisonment was the only appropriate sentence for Hooper’s behaviour.
“In relation to this sexual assault, the maximum is 10-years,” sergeant Whiting said.
“By community standards, the maximum of 10 years is considered for serious offences.
“The prosecution would submit that the community would expect the denouncement in relation to this type of behaviour towards women.
“Therefore, a general deterrence and personal deterrence needs to be set for this defendant who does have violent offences on his history.
“In fact, he was just outside a probation period that was imposed for an assault occasioning bodily harm in 2019.”
The defendant’s lawyer, Laurie Parker said the issue for his client is alcohol – “that evening he had 13 cans of beer then port”.
“It’s a pity if there couldn’t be rehabilitation aspect given with his sentence.
“With the circumstances of the offence and it occurring outside the clothing, I submit a suspended sentence for about 18-months.”
Mr Parker told the court his client has children and recently moved to Toowoomba and is working at a recycling plant.
“He does not have recollection of that offence and is remorseful for his behaviour,” Mr Parker said.
Magistrate Saggers labelled Hooper’s actions “dreadfully wrong”.
“This is a serious incident, it would have been frightening for the victim,” he said.
“You were intoxicated and you sexually assaulted her by grabbing her on the breast outside of her clothes.
“You touched her, she was a friend and no doubt trusted you and she was in a vulnerable position because you had both been drinking.
“You have significant criminal history that runs for 10 pages.
“I agree with sergeant Whiting, the only appropriate penalty is of imprisonment.”
The magistrate sentenced Hooper to 12 months imprisonment, wholly suspended for two years.