June 2021

Fenham pervert left schoolgirl hyperventilating during sexual assault in Eldon Square bus station

A schoolgirl was left so shocked she started hyperventilating when a drunk pervert groped her in a city centre bus station.

Stephen Denison targeted the teenager at at Eldon Square station in Newcastle city centre last summer and left her terrified.

The 48-year-old, who was “slurring his words and carrying a bottle of Frosty Jacks cider”, was already on the sex offenders register at the time for a similar attack on another teen in 2016.

Prosecutor Jolyon Perks told Newcastle Crown Court: “He sat next to her and stroked her thigh, twice.

“She edged away and turned her back.

“He stroked her arm. She moved away.

“He then touched her nose and stroked her face. She turned her head away.”

Mr Perks said after the attack came to an end when two men saw what was happening and stepped in to help the teen.

The victim said in a statement she was frightened by what happened and added: “I was scared to move in case he may do something else.

“I felt in shock and panic. I was hyperventilating.”

The teen added she felt she should avoid the city centre afterwards as she felt “very fearful” of Denison and added: “I am scared he may see me or hurt me.”

Denison, of Baxter Avenue, Fenham, Newcastle, admitted sexual assault and was sentenced to 16 months behind bars with a five year ban to keep him away from Eldon Square. He must also sign the sex offenders register for ten years.