Victim took photograph of 80-year-old with a foot fetish

Court news.
Court news.

A woman who had been the vicitim of a man with a foot fetish, followed him and took his photograph while he was following another woman, a court has been told.

Ronald George, 80, of Beresford Avenue, Skegness, admitted three charges of sexual assault when he appeared before Deputy District Judge Price at Skegness Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Tuesday).

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said that there were two victims, one of whom had been assaulted twice by George.

He said that on November 15 last year, a woman was out in Skegness with her two daughters, one of them in a pushchair, when she felt a pull on her coat and when she turned round she saw George, who she recognised from a previous incident.

She was wearing boots and he grabbed at them and said: “There’s dog muck on your boots”, but just then her husband came up and he made off.

However, she went after him and followed him to near the Hildreds Centre where she took his photo.

She said that he had clearly been following another woman and was telling her the same story so she ran over to them and told the woman there was no dog muck on her boots and told George to go away.

Mr Wood said that the previous incident with George had been on August 31 when she had been in the town centre and he had approached her with the same story and had managed to get her shoe off and look up her skirt.

He said she did not report this but after the second incident thought she should do so.

Mr Wood said that the second victim saw George approach her and say she had dog muck on her boots and then grab her boots causing her to lose balance as he tried to get the boots off.

When she realised what he was doing she made off but he followed her which she found uncomfortable so she told the police.

He said George had convictions for similar matters in the 1950s.

Mitigating, Gordon Holt said George had a long standing sexual attraction towards feet and footwear but it had been 50 years since the previous incidents.

He said that since these latest incidents, his wife had told him she would leave him if he did it again so he was seeking assistance and had been referred to a consultant psychiatrist.

George called out to the judge that he ‘wouldn’t wish this on anyone’.

Telling him that he would have the opportunity to speak on a later date, Judge Price adjourned the case for sentence on July 1 and ordered probation and psychiatric reports. He was granted conditional bail.