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Sex offender groped hostel worker who offered him help, court told

Belfast High Court.
Belfast High Court.

By Alan Erwin

A registered sex offender allegedly groped a hostel worker as she tried to offer him help, the High Court heard today.

Another member of staff who says she witnessed the incident claimed Stuart Massey had also previously targeted her.

Massey, 34, of no fixed address, faces two counts of sexual assault.

The exact location of the hostel in Co Down is not being disclosed to protect the alleged victims' identities.

Garrett O'Kane, prosecuting, said Massey allegedly grabbed and squeezed the staff member's breast on a date last week.

"She was trying to assist him due to his intoxication," Mr O'Kane told the court.

Another worker told police she had witnessed Massey's actions and alleged that he had touched her inappropriately two months previously.

Opposing bail, Mr O'Kane contended there was a risk of re-offending.

He disclosed that Massey is to remain on the sex offender's register until 2025.

Defence counsel Alan Blackburn said his client strongly denies the charges.

He also submitted that while any sexual assault must be condemned, the allegations against Massey involved touching "over clothing".

Refusing bail, however, Mrs Justice Keegan said: "There's a risk to the public in terms of the type of behaviour alleged, in particular towards people trying to help someone like the applicant in hostel accommodation."

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