Angry threats as Ian Hopson who groped young girl after offering her £1 to go in shed is spared jail
Shouting and abusive swearing turned things very nasty in a
courtroom when a Ian Hopson who molested a young girl was spared prison.
Hostile insults and menacing threats were angrily hurled at him by
women and a man sitting in the public gallery just a few feet away.
Ian Hopson, 59, of Dolphin Street, Cleethorpes, denied sexually assaulting a girl under 13 in early August last year.
He was convicted after a trial at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court and was later committed to Grimsby Crown Court for sentence.
Richard Woolfall, prosecuting, said the girl was playing football with a young boy.
Hopson offered her £1 to go inside a shed with him. She refused but he went inside there.
He came outside a few minutes later and then molested the girl
He told her: “Let me have a little feel. Did you enjoy that?”
The girl ran into a nearby house and sent a message on a mobile phone to her mother.
As a result of the incident, he had already suffered because of the bad reaction of others and his health had deteriorated.
Judge Simon Jack told Hopson: “It was an opportunist offence. She was
there in the garden and you took advantage of a fleeting opportunity to
sexually assault her.
“I accept you have already suffered great punishment. You have already paid a high price.”
Hopson was given a two-year suspended prison sentence, 50 days’ rehabilitation and a six-month 8pm to 8am curfew.
He was ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years and was given a ten-year sexual harm prevention order.
Fury erupted in the public gallery when Hopson was spared prison.
One man stormed out, loudly slamming two doors, and a woman swore and
shouted: “I don’t believe this. He’s not getting away with it.”
Another woman said: “It’s disgusting.”
Threats were made to him as he left the dock, with a woman swearing loudly at Hopson and yelling: “You wait.”
Another man had to be restrained by an usher as he tried to approach
Hopson in the courtroom and menacingly warned him: “I’ll see you later.”
Judge Jack told Hopson: “You can see what other people think of you and that’s entirely understandable.”
Security staff were outside the courtroom door to deal with any problems when the case finished.
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