A MAN suffering from a disease affecting mental perception has pleaded guilty to four sexual assaults on women in Chester city centre.
John Andrew Tissington, 37, of Vyrnwy Road, Saltney, will be sentenced at Chester Crown Court after city magistrates decided their sentencing powers were insufficient.
Tissington, who has Huntington’s disease, was arrested after being caught on CCTV groping a woman’s buttocks in Brook Street. When interviewed, he admitted four offences concerning similar behaviour.
Rob Youds, prosecuting, told the court a 19-year-old woman sensed the defendant following her as she headed toward the university library at about 2.50pm on December 7. As she was walking on Bridge Street Row she felt his hand touch her left buttock.
An hour later, a 22-year-old woman, who had come from Frodsham Street, believed the defendant was following her. As she walked through the Gorse Stacks subway he put his hand inside her coat and on her right breast over her jumper. He exclaimed words to the effect of ‘they are beautiful’ and touched her breasts again.
As she climbed the subway steps, she felt him squeeze her buttock. The woman, who was shaking with anger and upset, locked herself in her flat and called police.
On January 5, a 32-year-old woman, waiting at a bus stop in Liverpool Road, felt the defendant’s hand between her legs and he later grabbed her breasts.
In the final incident, on January 25, a 20-year-old woman was walking back from shopping at Tesco in Frodsham Street when she was followed. On confronting Tissington in Pemberton Road, he grabbed her left breast.
Kate Thew, defending, said her client was suffering from Huntington’s disease, which was relevant when considering sentence. Her client was keen to address his offending behaviour.
Tissington’s bail conditions mean he can’t enter the city centre except to visit court or his lawyer by appointment.