Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Leaton Richard Kingsly Sutcliffe - Repeat Sex Offender

A SERIAL intimidator of women attacked a nurse just a day after being released on bail for stalking two females on a train.

Leaton Richard Kingsly Sutcliffe, 38, appeared in Parramatta Bail Court in Sydney yesterday charged with indecently assaulting a female admission officer at Rozelle Mental Hospital on Saturday.

Police allege Sutcliffe forced his hand inside the hospital worker's blouse, fondled her breast and tried to rip off her jeans.

During the attack, Sutcliffe allegedly pushed the woman over a desk and forced his hand inside her pants.

Sutcliffe, a semi-permanent resident at Matthew Talbot Hostel, was granted bail at Parramatta Local Court on Friday. At that time he pleaded not guilty to a charge of stalking and intimidating two women on a train during the afternoon of November 15 last year.

Police noted Sutcliffe was a habitual offender who had been charged with similar offences in the past.

He was released on bail on condition he reside at Matthew Talbot Hostel and report to a Darlinghurst Health Service case officer within 24 hours.

Sutcliffe was also due to report to Surry Hills police station every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

But the following morning, police allege Sutcliffe entered the admissions area of Rozelle Mental Hospital.

He allegedly spoke with the admission officer who advised Sutcliffe to wait for a doctor about 11.40am.

Sutcliffe allegedly rushed towards her, grabbing her around the jaw and attempting to kiss her.

He allegedly threatened the woman and forced his hand under her blouse.

"He slid his left hand up under her bra," a police statement said.

The woman was then allegedly slammed over a desk as Sutcliffe tried to remove her jeans.

The woman struggled free and hit an emergency alarm button. She escaped from the hospital's reception area into the ward area where she told staff members of the attack.

Police prosecutor Frank Reitano argued for bail to be refused to protect the community.

"The facts are devastating. The prosecution would submit that there is a strong need for the protection and welfare of the alleged victim in this matter, and the community," he said.

In refusing bail, Magistrate Rosemary Davidson noted Sutcliffe's extensive criminal history.

Sutcliffe will face Central Local Court today. He is due in Parramatta Local Court on the November matters on March 18

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