Financial adviser sexually assaulted hotel maid in Northern Ireland
A London-based financial adviser has been sentenced to four months in jail after he sexually assaulted a hotel maid in Co Antrim.
While 54-year-old Andrew Marris was jailed and ordered to sign the police sex offenders register at Antrim Magistrates Court, District Judge Nigel Broderick freed him on £500 bail pending an appeal of both his conviction and sexual assault.
At an earlier hearing Marris, from Lauderdale Mansions on the Lauderdale Road in London, was convicted of sexually assaulting the 20-year-old maid on September 21, 2016.
The court heard how Marris approached a maid at the Hilton Hotel in Templepatrick wearing a robe and asked for assistance to iron a shirt.
She did so but he then took off his robe to reveal that he was naked, touched her neck and tried to kiss her but she repeatedly said no. After she reported the incident to her manager, police were called.
But when Marris was questioned, he denied the incident, maintaining from the witness box at his contest there had been no physical contact.
Defence barrister Neil Moore said the conviction had resulted in "huge personal ramifications" for Marris, but that his wife and adult children were standing by the successful financial adviser. He revealed that Marris has lodged appeal papers in an effort to clear his name.
Sentencing Marris, Judge Broderick said there had been a "significant impact on the wellbeing" of his victim so, given the nature of the offence, the custody threshold had been passed.