A SEX offender with a foot fetish attacked a woman just yards from a police station, a court heard.
As the victim sat waiting for her 14-year-old son, who was being questioned by officers, David Bennett, bleeding heavily from self-inflicted lacerations, approached her for help.
She assisted him but he then grabbed her leg and after taking her shoes off began rubbing her feet. Her phone began to ring and the woman, who felt very intimidated, then noticed that he was exposing himself and had a knife in his waistband.
When her mobile rang again he became very angry and she feared for her safety. Bennett then started rubbing her left foot against his crotch and kissing her toes.
His terrifying behaviour continued until her boyfriend arrived and she was able to escape. She only told her partner of her ordeal once they got home as she was afraid Bennett might stab him.
Sentencing the 31-year-old to six years’ imprisonment with three years’ extended licence, Recorder David Turner, QC, ruled the public need to be protected from the risk of him causing serious harm.
He told Bennett: “I consider you to be a very frightening and unpredictable young man.
“It was a frightening and degrading experience for the woman who was alone at night.”
Liverpool Crown Court heard Bennett’s convictions include sexual assaults against children under 14 involving similar foot fetish behaviour. There were “gasps” from jury members when they heard of those convictions after he was found guilty of the new offences.
A probation report spoke of Bennett’s actions as “intentional and calculated, seeking risk-taking behaviour to fulfil his sexual needs.”
Bennett, of Willow Hey, Skelmersdale, was convicted of sexual assault and possessing a craft knife on 9.30pm on August 19 last year near Skelmersdale police station after a five-day trial.
The judge imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order banning him from approaching lone females and touching their feet or legs; ordered him to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and imposed an indefinite restraining order to keep away from the victim.