Potters Bar pensioner begged for sex

PUBLISHED: 13:47 17 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:20 18 September 2010

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AN octogenarian who exposed himself to a mentally-ill woman and begged her for sex has been banned from contacting her for the next 18 months.

Frail Daniel Johns, 87, visited the vulnerable 53-year-old at her home in Potters Bar, asked her to engage in a sexual act.

On another occasion he went to the sexually inexperienced woman’s home and played her pornographic movies.

The pervy pensioner also badgered the woman on the phone and in the street.

Johns, of Albemarle Avenue, Potters Bar, was convicted at St Albans Crown Court last month, after pleading guilty to a charge of harassment.

He also denied a charge of sexual assault at the hearing, a plea that was accepted by the prosecution.

Then, on Friday, Johns, who listened to proceedings through a hearing loop, appeared before the same court for sentencing.

Prosecutor George Heimler said that the police were called on November 27 last year, after the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told a friend that Johns had exposed himself to her.

When questioned, he told officers he did not believe he had done anything wrong and said he had simply visited the woman for sexual relief.

Defence barrister George Papageorgis said of his client: “He is 87 years old and the likelihood of him committing a further offence is minimal.”

Judge Andrew Bright QC told Johns: “For the first time in your long life you have come before the criminal court.

“It is very sad for your family.

“Your behaviour towards this rather delicate lady can be described as harassment.

“You don’t seem to think you did very much wrong.”

Judge Bright passed an 18 month community order, banning Johns from contacting the woman or going near her home.

He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £500.

Judge Bright added: “If you did try to pursue some sort of relationship you would be liable to up to five years in prison.”


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