Doncaster man’s sexual attack shame

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A middle-aged man sexually assaulted a young woman who fell asleep in a Doncaster town centre takeaway, a court heard.

Daniel Mullan, aged 56, befriended the girl and chatted to her for 20 minutes while other customers initially thought they were together. They shared a pizza and others even began taking photos showing Mullan kneeling alongside her at the Silver Street takeaway.

But he was then seen to place his hand up the woman’s skirt before he was challenged and left, said Abigail Langford, prosecuting, at Sheffield Crown Court.

The victim had been out for the evening with friends before going to the takeaway at 4am. She could recall little of the incident.

It appeared the girl had lost her bank card and gave it to Mullan but it was later recovered.

In a victim impact statement she said she felt ‘dirty and violated’ and wished she had stayed in that night.

Mullan, of Manor Road, Hatfield, admitted a charge of sexual assault.

Angela Wrottesley, defending, said he was normally a hard-working man and had never been in trouble before.

He was the sole breadwinner for his family and it was wholly out of character. He had already taken steps to address his drinking.

Judge Paul Watson, QC, told Mullan: “This, I accept was a wholly uncharacteristic action on your behalf but it was grossly offensive and has caused a considerable degree of upset to this young lady.”

Mullan was given a nine-month community order with supervision and ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid community work. He was also told to pay £600 prosecution costs.