Driver sexually assaulted woman in cab of lorry
A GOWERTON man who sexually assaulted a woman in the cab of his lorry after telling his victim she had brought the attack on herself has avoided a jail term.
Dean Williams, 45, admitted a charge of sexual assault by penetration on a woman on January 20.
The court was told long distance lorry driver Williams had parked near the railway station at Gowerton and was planning to sleep in his cab.
He assaulted his victim in his lorry, telling her: "You have got to take responsibility for your actions and accept the consequences."
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He later said the attack was "her fault" and "she had brought it on herself."
She tried to deter him, by asking him to get her a cigarette, which she hoped would allow her to escape, but Williams became aggressive and ignored her protests.
"He was determined to be kissed and she became upset," said Huw Rees, prosecuting.
"He continued despite the fact she was crying. She was telling him she didn't like what he was doing," said Mr Rees.
After the attack she called a cab.
Williams had originally entered a plea of guilty to sexual assault but that was not acceptable to the prosecution. He then entered a guilty plea to the more serious offence of assault by penetration.
Judge Peter Heywood told Williams he would suspend his jail term.
"It was something she did not wish to occur but you continued. She was clearly distressed," he said.
The judge said: "I feel that I can take a wholly exceptional course. Offences of this nature, even following a guilty plea, invariably result in a custodial sentence. But I do take the view I can suspend this sentence."
He told Williams his sentence of 52 weeks would be suspended for 18 months.
He was also ordered to pay £500 in compensation.
Williams was made subject to a sexual offences prevention order and told to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
He has been told he will be allowed to continue to travel to Europe with work, but will have to make regular contact with police.