Curfew for man who kicked a girl, 10 and assaulted teens

A MAN who grabbed two teenagers’ bottoms on a night out, and kicked a 10-year-old girl - on a separate occasion - has been given a suspended sentence and put on a curfew by a district judge.

Joseph Watters, of Brittain Drive, Grantham, admitted four common assault charges.

Two 18-year-old girls were out in Grantham town centre on July 23 last year when three of the assaults took place.

Watters, 41, first grabbed one of the girl’s bottoms when they were in Barcode. She pushed him away but later that night when they were in Vibe he put his hand up her skirt and touched her bottom again.

The second girl was with her friends when she felt someone squeeze her bottom, at first she thought it was her boyfriend, but when she turned she saw Watters and pushed him away.

District Judge Richard Blake said he could not put Watters on the sexual offenders register because the charges were changed after the victims decided they did not want to give evidence at a trial.

He said: “I feel I can best protect the public by putting you on a suspended sentence order.”

Since the incidents, Watters has stopped going to Grantham clubs.

Watters also admitted kicking a 10-year-old girl, who was sitting on the floor watching television on October 23 last year.

Jill Derby, prosecuting, said: “The little girl was on the floor watching television when he kicked her to the back of her leg.

“She curled up into a ball and he kicked her again and she ended up in tears.”

Watters was given 20 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years for each of the assaults on the teenagers and a further 20 weeks suspended for two years for the attack on the child.

He was also put under 12 months supervision and a curfew on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8pm until 5am for six months.

He was ordered to pay £375 compensation and £100 towards costs.