A 63-year-old man indecently assaulted a young girl by putting his hand around her waist and asking for a kiss.
Lewis Wilfred Muir, 63, appeared before Judge Michael Turner in the Gore District Court for sentence yesterday after admitting indecently assaulting a female aged between 12 and 16 on February 2 and stealing a pair of underwear on April 7.
He was sentenced to two years' intensive supervision and ordered to pay $500 emotional harm reparation.
Judge Turner said Muir was riding his mobility scooter in a southern town on a Sunday afternoon after consuming alcohol. He approached three children playing inside a gazebo and after two of them left, Muir put his hand around a girl's waist and asked for a kiss.
The girl said no and ran away.
When spoken to by police Muir admitted his offending and said he knew what he had done was wrong, Judge Turner said.
Since the offending there had been a noticeable change in the young girl, who was once a confident "social butterfly", he said.
Two months after the offending, Muir stole a pair of underwear. He admitted the theft when spoken to by police.
- The Southland Times
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