Local News & Archive — March 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm — Updated: March 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm

Rhyl ‘sex nuisance’ convicted for breaching order

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A judge has warned a Rhyl man he faces jail if he makes any sexual comments to women.

Barrie Hill was found guilty last month of sexual assaults against two women and five counts of breaching a sexual harm prevention order. The 50 year-old unemployed decorator, formerly from Llandudno Junction, had been placed under the order following a police request in March 2015.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard Hill had made the women extremely uncomfortable by making inappropriate remarks and touching their bottoms – in one of the incidents, he pulled a mother towards him and put his arms around her waist at her child’s school.

Hill had denied the allegations but the defence said while he was not a violent sex attacker, he was ”something of a sexual nuisance”. Hill told the jury he had run a massage business in the past but had not done so for a long time.

Sentencing him to a seven year prevention order, Recorder Paul Hopkins QC told Hill he had shown ”absolutely no remorse for appalling, repugnant behaviour…you hold views towards women that have absolutely no place in a civilised society. You are more than a pest, you are a potentially predatory individual.”

Hill, who previously served a prison sentence for indecent assault, was placed under a three year community order and ordered to undergo an overnight curfew for three years. He must also sign the sex offenders’ register for five years and pay £560 in court costs.

As part of the prevention order, applying to women he’s not in a relationship with, he must not make comments about their bodies or offer any massages.

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