Disabled Plymouth knifeman molested woman in attack
A DISABLED man has been jailed for a year for sexually assaulting a woman and then brandishing a knife in the street.
Terrence Higman, aged 62, indecently touched the woman and threatened her the next day while holding the blade, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Higman, of Seacroft Road, St Budeaux, had denied sexual assault, perverting the course of justice and possession of a bladed article in public last November. But a jury convicted him of the three offences after a trial. He admitted criminal damage.
Judge Barry Cotter said he had caused the woman physical harm in the assault on November 3.
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He added: "You turned up the next day on a scooter with a knife, causing criminal damage by banging your head against a door and made verbal threats.
"You banged on the door while brandishing the knife."
He sentenced Higman to a year in prison, ordered him to sign the sex offender register for 10 years and made an indefinite restraining order preventing him from contacting the woman.
Jo Martin, for Higman, said he continued to deny that he had done anything wrong.
She added: "He is a man to be, in many ways, pitied. He has suffered significant medical problems in his life. An immediate custodial sentence is going to be difficult for him."
Miss Martin urged that he should be given a suspended prison sentence.
But Judge Cotter said he had relevant previous convictions in 1985, 1998 and 1999.
He added that when he threatened the woman he was "out of control" and was under the influence of alcohol at the time.