Man kissed and groped woman in Royal Gwent Hospital grounds

South Wales Argus: Man kissed and groped woman in Royal Gwent grounds Man kissed and groped woman in Royal Gwent grounds

A SEX offender kissed and groped a woman in the grounds of Newport's Royal Gwent Hospital, produced a ring and tried to put it on her finger.

Robert Snell, 54, of Tunnel Terrace, Newport, complimented the woman in the smoking shelter, before he grabbed her in a bear hug, kissed her and put his hands over her hospital gown.

Moments later, he pulled a ring from his pocket and said: "If this fits, you're mine."

Cardiff Crown Court heard the woman invited Snell into the hospital to mollify him with a drink from a vending machine, but days later she saw him again lurking in the grounds.

"Bizarrely", according to Judge Stephen Hopkins QC, on one occasion he was wearing a hospital gown.

The woman then reported the sexual assault to the police.

Snell, who has been in court previously for exposure and making nuisance telephone calls in the 1990s, gave a mostly "no comment" interview and did not give evidence at trial.

However, a jury found him guilty of sexual assault.

The court heard Snell struck up conversation with the woman by falsely claiming he was waiting for his son and daughter to finish work at the hospital.

His trial had to be adjourned because the victim was so upset giving evidence.

Robin Shellard, for Snell, said his client was being treated for depression and other difficulties.

Judge Hopkins said the defendant has a significant chance of reoffending, but a prison sentence would not be the best option to protect the public.

Instead, he was handed a community order for the maximum length of three years, to which the defendant rose from his seat in the dock and asked for longer.

"You are, it seems to me, a ticking timebomb," the judge said.

Snell will also be subject to an ASBO, which prevents him from entering the Royal Gwent Hospital unless he has a pre-arranged appointment, an urgent need for A&E, is admitted as an in-patient or visiting friends or family and he will sign the sex offenders' register for five years.

"I hope for your sake, Robert Snell, we don't meet again," the judge added.

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1:51pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Robindabank says...

Brand...
Brand... Robindabank

3:45pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Mike0408 says...

how is it in the public's best interest for him to remain on the streets???

surely if he is in jail then he is out of the public's way and as the judge said ''the defendant has a significant chance of reoffending''.

so the judge thinks its in his best interest to be on the streets when he think there is a chance that he will reoffend. the law is so **** up
how is it in the public's best interest for him to remain on the streets??? surely if he is in jail then he is out of the public's way and as the judge said ''the defendant has a significant chance of reoffending''. so the judge thinks its in his best interest to be on the streets when he think there is a chance that he will reoffend. the law is so **** up Mike0408

5:59pm Sat 5 Jan 13

let em swing says...

Should be sectioned
Should be sectioned let em swing

6:24pm Sat 5 Jan 13

portforever says...

hang um high is best answer then we are all saved from the nutters out there
hang um high is best answer then we are all saved from the nutters out there portforever

8:56pm Sat 5 Jan 13

MR DUDLEY says...

He's a"ticking timebomb", yet he's not locked up?????
He's a"ticking timebomb", yet he's not locked up????? MR DUDLEY

10:50pm Sat 5 Jan 13

mikewelsh says...

let em swing wrote:
Should be sectioned
Yeah........ The pair of them.
[quote][p][bold]let em swing[/bold] wrote: Should be sectioned[/p][/quote]Yeah........ The pair of them. mikewelsh

9:25am Sun 6 Jan 13

UpsetResident says...

this guy is a menace to his local area, i was disgusted to see my suspicions of his behavior be validated by prior and now current sexual offences.

Get him off the streets
this guy is a menace to his local area, i was disgusted to see my suspicions of his behavior be validated by prior and now current sexual offences. Get him off the streets UpsetResident

2:16pm Sun 6 Jan 13

NakedDancer says...

"You are, it seems to me, a ticking timebomb," the judge said, yet he freed him. This judge must be sacked if this person reoffends.

Clearly the offender has a mental problem that won't be solved by community service. How ridiculous.
"You are, it seems to me, a ticking timebomb," the judge said, yet he freed him. This judge must be sacked if this person reoffends. Clearly the offender has a mental problem that won't be solved by community service. How ridiculous. NakedDancer

11:53pm Sun 6 Jan 13

WelshRugbyFan says...

If this guy re offends then the bloody judge should be prosecuted for aiding and abetting ...

Disgraceful to say the least .. he (the judge) believes he will re offend but yet it's not in the public interest to lock him up!

I wonder what the outcome would be if it was his daughter or family member that was sexually assaulted?

If he does re offend (i hope to god that he doesn't happen) that the victim takes a transcript of this case and sues the hell out of the judge and British legal system as its a freakin joke!
If this guy re offends then the bloody judge should be prosecuted for aiding and abetting ... Disgraceful to say the least .. he (the judge) believes he will re offend but yet it's not in the public interest to lock him up! I wonder what the outcome would be if it was his daughter or family member that was sexually assaulted? If he does re offend (i hope to god that he doesn't happen) that the victim takes a transcript of this case and sues the hell out of the judge and British legal system as its a freakin joke! WelshRugbyFan

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