October 19, 2018 4.16 pm This story is over 61 months old

Woman avoids jail after grabbing man’s genitals

She was sacked from her job

A woman who grabbed a man’s testicles hard enough to cause him to take a sharp intake of breath has avoided jailed after a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday.

As previously reported, Sarah Louise Kitchen pleaded not guilty to a single charge of sexual assault during a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court back in July.

The 42-year-old was alleged to have intentionally touched the male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on August 22 2017.

She was granted unconditional bail until her trial this week.

Kitchen, of Swift Gardens in Lincoln, was given a conditional discharge after admitting an assault charge when she appeared before Lincoln Crown Court on Friday, October 19.

She was alleged to have said: “This is how real women deal with men like him” before grabbing her victim.

Mark Achurch, prosecuting, said: “She walked towards him. She was laughing as she approached.

“When she was close enough she reached down and grabbed at his testicles hard enough to cause him to take a sharp intake of breath.

“His reaction was shock and disbelief at what had taken place. He felt that what happened was totally unacceptable.”

Kitchen denied sexual assault as a result of the incident and shortly after the start of the trial Judge Andrew Easteal discharged the jury from reaching a verdict.

Kitchen then pleaded guilty to a new charge of assault by beating and was given a 12 month conditional discharge.

Rukhshanda Hussain, in mitigation, said that Kitchen had already suffered punishment as she was sacked from her job.

She told the court: “This was an isolated incident. It was very short-lived.

“She is of the view that there was some small degree of provocation but that is not justification for her behaviour. It is not going to be repeated.”

Judge Easteal, passing sentence, told Kitchen: “This behaviour was entirely out of character. You have let yourself down very badly. The consequences for you have been devastating. It has brought your career to an end.”