Bartender jailed for indecent assault on teen

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A MAN who indecently assaulted a teenage girl on New Year’s Eve has been jailed for eight months.

Bartender Sean Graeme Duffy, 20, grabbed the 17-year-old’s genitals in Queenstown Gardens while she was trying to help him.

The victim had met Duffy, of Cardrona, briefly earlier in the evening.

When she next saw him at 11pm he was heavily drunk and bleeding from a gash under his eye.

Judge Michael Turner, sentencing a Queenstown District Court yesterday, says the victim bought a bottle of water intending to clean the wound.

She then found he had passed out under some trees near a steam. She tried to get him up but he became aggressive, stood up and fell face first into the stream.

Judge Turner says the victim walked away and sat on a nearby bench but Duffy approached her, grabbed her and began verbally abusing her.

Duffy grabbed her by her arms and held her wrists together with one hand, with the other he grabbed her tights under her skirt, pulling at them and ripping them.

Duffy pulled her underwear to one side and grabbed her genitals.

The teenager pushed him away using her elbows, but Duffy pushed her back “to the point where one of her legs was pressed up against the arm rest of the bench”.

She elbowed him again and managed to run away, locating police a short time later.

Duffy told police he was “very drunk” and could not remember anything about the incident, but acknowledged meeting her.

The victim received a large bruise on her upper right thigh, her body ached due to the struggle with him and her clothing was damaged.

Judge Turner says she had suffered psychologically and emotionally.

She was particularly upset because “she was being a Good Samaritan and trying to help you”, Judge Turner says.

She no longer left her house by herself.

While Duffy has a significant criminal history, 17 of his 21 prior convictions occurred in 2011 at a point where his life was “out of control” and he was drinking heavily, the court heard.

He was unemployed and had led an “unstructured lifestyle”, one which revolved around alcohol.

“Unless you face up to the extent of your problems and [you are] prepared to accept the advice of experts … your drinking is likely to continue with the inevitable result that you will reoffend,” Judge Turner says.

Duffy has leave to apply for home detention. He was also ordered to pay $20 reparation by April 14 and $500 emotional harm reparation by instalments of $20 per week.

– Otago Daily Times