A judge slammed the 71-year-old’s “caveman attitude to consent and boundaries”.
A pensioner nicknamed ‘Dirty Dave’ by locals asked police officers “are you supposed to ask permission these days?” when they questioned him about sexually assaulting a woman.
A judge at Derby Crown Court told 71-year-old David Hannah that he had “a caveman attitude to consent and boundaries” as he sentenced him for two offences.
Appearing in court on two counts of sexual assault, even his own barrister said his client’s views were “like a dinosaur” in relation to what he did.
Handing the defendant a two-year prison term, suspended for two years, Recorder Adrian Reynolds said: “If you do this to another woman in the next two years you will be going to prison.
“Don’t think just because you are 71 you are too old to think you can behave in this way and in many ways, I think the most significant piece of evidence, in this case, is when you told the victim ‘if you tell anyone you will be dead’ because you knew perfectly well what you were doing was wrong. This woman was not consenting and you disregarded that.”
Mark Achurch, prosecuting, said the two incidents took place in 2019, reports Derbyshire Live. However, the woman did not report them until the summer of 2021.
He said on the first occasion Hannah went to the victim’s address and while in the kitchen said to her “you need k******g by a real man” and kissed and licked her face.
The prosecutor said: “He tried to undress her and then undressed himself. His trousers dropped to the floor, he took out his [private parts] and tried to put it in her hand. She brought it to an end by bringing her knee up to his groin. She said before he left he said to her if she told anybody she would be dead.”
Mr Achurch said the second assault happened outside when Hannah approached the woman from behind and grabbed her breast and private parts.
He said: “A witness later spoke of the way the defendant is known as ‘Dirty Dave’ and that perhaps speaks volumes.
“He was arrested and said to the police ‘are you supposed to ask permission these days?’ he did not simply understand what the ramifications were. He also said ‘if you don’t try it on with someone they will think you’re gay’.”
Hannah, of Gorman Close, Newbold, Chesterfield, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault against the woman, whose identity is protected by law. He has no previous convictions.
In a victim impact statement, the woman told how after it happened she did not want to take care of her appearance “so she would feel she was unattractive”.
Mr Achurch said: “She said to the police quite candidly that if she saw the defendant and had a knife in her hand she would consider using it.”
Will Bennett, his barrister, said: “His views are that of a dinosaur but that does not excuse his actions.”
As part of the suspended sentence order, Recorder Reynolds ordered the defendant to attend 45 rehabilitation sessions and placed him on the sex offender register for 10 years.
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