'Brighton bottom slapper' who assaulted 24 women beats prison sentence because he can't speak English
The man identified as Constantin Barbutu, a Romanian dishwasher, slapped or groped women's bottoms as they walked along the street at night in Brighton
A 22-year-old man, who has been dubbed as the "Brighton bottom slapper" for allegedly groping women from his bike, has reportedly avoided a prison sentence after a judge during the hearing was told that the man suffers from mental health problems and cannot speak English.
The man, identified as Constantin Barbutu, reportedly slapped or groped women's bottoms as they walked along the street and, before the women have time to react, he quickly pedals off, according to the Daily Mail. Reports state that around 24 women complained of being a victim to the "serial bottom slapper" between September 2016 and February 2017.
The man, who is a Romanian dishwasher, reportedly came before the court on Friday. However, he was let go on a 12-month suspended sentence. Barbutu, during the hearing, admitted to 11 charges of sexual assault, while ten other counts were ordered to lie on file, reports state.
A cyclist dubbed the "Brighton bottom slapper" who attacked lone women in a series of late-night sex assaults has been spared jail.https://t.co/e3X3aEVTVU— BBC South East (@bbcsoutheast) December 7, 2018
Judge David Rennie subsequently handed him a suspended sentence saying that, if it weren't for the fact that he does not speak English and suffers from mental impairment problems, he would be imprisoned for his misdeeds. "You caused great fear and ongoing anguish. They were simply going about their business and they were fully entitled to be left alone," the judge said, adding that several of the victims had found his attacks "traumatic, frightening and terrifying."
Hove Crown Court, on Thursday, was told that Barbutu, who came to the UK three years ago and worked as a restaurant dishwasher and vegetable chopper in Brighton, generally committed the assault late nights while out riding on his bicycle. The court also heard that he generally targets single women walking or running alone at night.
Reports state that in one instant, he hit one woman on the bottom and then circled around her with his bike and leered at her as he laughed. While another victim said that she was cycling when she was attacked and consequently fell off her bike and broke her collarbone.
"After the incident, I felt really angry. It confused me as I was convinced it must be someone I know. It has made me feel really anxious. It was a really unpleasant experience," one victim said in an impact statement.
Barbutu's lawyer, Richard Elliott, however, said that the Romanian was "remorseful" and had told him: "I don't know what I was thinking when I did it."