June 17, 2021

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Erdington builder sexually assaulted student who later recorded his confession

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A “stoned” builder sexually assaulted a student at her Birmignham home – but she later recorded him confessing to the attacks.

Dwight McDonald, 49, touched the vicitm’s bottom and tried to kiss her after being hired to carry out work at her property.

McDonald, 49, of Lawnsfield Grove, Erdington, was sentenced to nine months jail, suspended for two years, after he admitted two charges of sexual assault.

Birmingham Crown Court heard he had previously done some work at the student’s home fitting a sink and tiling.

He was due to return on January 26 last year to do some grouting but turned up three hours late at around 10.30pm.

The victim told him she did not want him there but he came in holding a bottle of wine.

McDonald walked in to her bedroom, sat on the bed and the student could tell he had been smoking marijuana, said Oliver Woolhouse, prosecuting.

He then pulled the woman down so they were touching each other. She told him to stop and he went into the lounge, still refusing to leave.

At one point McDonald tried to kiss her and pinned her arms to her side so ehe could not move, the court heard.

He then tried to pull her under wear down before indecently touching her.

The following day the student sent messages to the defendant telling him not to come back but he later returned with three other co-workers.

When the other men later left, McDonald touched the victim’s bottom and attempted to kiss her, the court was told.

Mr Woolhouse said the victim later recorded a conversation between her and the defendant during which he “confessed” and apologised for what he had done.

She told the court that she had suffered post traumatic stress disorder and was fearful of being confronted by him again.

The attacks had also affected her degree course which had been suspended.

Judge Heidi Kubic said: “When you turned up at her home address stoned late in the evening of January 26 you were hoping your luck would be in.

“You took a bottle of wine with you but it was obvious that she was not interested in you.

“Your actions have had a long lasting effect on her.”

However, the judge accepted that he had apologised and was sorry for what he had done.

Graham Henson, defending, said: “This was not a premeditated sexual assault. He did not seek to prevent her from reporting him to the police.

“He was under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both and it has led him here.”

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