Man, 27, sexually assaulted 10 women and two girls over two days because he was 'angry' at them for wearing Lycra
A MAN who sexually assaulted ten women and two girls over two days because he was “angry” at them for wearing Lycra has been jailed for three years.
Oliver Smith, 27, would cycle up to his victims as they were out jogging or walking and grab their bottoms before riding off.
The offences took place on February 12 and 13 this year in the Swansea area – with eight of the attacks happening in just four hours.
Swansea Crown Court heard there were 18 victims in total – aged from 12 to 45 – including one woman who was assaulted twice and others who were with their children.
Dean Pulling, prosecuting, told the Court that Smith had worn black clothing with a hood pulled over his head while he committed the crimes.
He said: “The attacks that weekend received significant media publicity and these sexual assaults committed in public places, seemingly random attacks against women and girls, brought widespread fear and anger amongst females in Swansea.”
Smith was arrested following a police appeal after being recognised by an old school pal, and admitted his crimes.
Mr Pulling added: “He told police he gets angry about females wearing Lycra.
“He claimed he targeted females who had short jackets on and whose bottoms were visible. In his view it wasn’t fair that men had to see that.
“He said he felt bad seeing some of his victims crying and felt that all females dressed to entice men.”
Smith told cops he carried out his first attack in December last year and thought he had assaulted around 15 women.
He admitted 10 charges of sexual assault by touching, one charge of assault of a child under 13 by touching, and one charge of attempted sexual assault.
Smith, from Swansea, also asked for seven other offences of sexual assault by touching to be taken into account for sentencing.
Gerard Cullen, defending, said a psychiatrist believes Smith was exhibiting signs of autism but is refusing to undergo an assessment.
He added that Smith harboured “very odd ideas about how females should dress in public”.
Judge Guy Walters jailed Smith for three years and placed him on the sex offenders register for life and imposed an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.
He said: “It really has to be described as a campaign of sexual offending, which caused widespread terror at the time to women in and around the Swansea area.
“Many speak of the sense of violation of you having assaulted them in that way. Some have described profound effects which continue to this day.”
Detective Inspector Gareth Jones said: “Oliver Smith’s offending has caused his victims significant fear and distress and I hope this sentencing brings them some comfort and shows the seriousness of his actions.”
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