A 50-year-old unemployed man has been remanded to jail after pleading guilty to assaulting a teenaged girl.
However, in giving his version of the events, Garcia Ian Wiltshire of Brownes Gap, Sargeants Village, Christ Church, admitted to embracing the 13-year-old but insisted that he did not “know anything about any kiss”.
However, according to the facts outlined by Sergeant Neville Reid before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant today in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court, the teenager was at a hair salon in Sargeant Village when Wiltshire entered the salon, smelling of alcohol. He tried to speak to the girl and a female friend, who was also a juvenile.
Wiltshire asked the teen for a kiss and she pushed him away and said, ‘no’. She later told her mother what had transpired. The mother accompanied her back to the salon and Wiltshire showed up. The matter was reported to officers who were passing in a police van, which was on patrol.
During an interview at Worthing police station, the accused told police the girl was the one who had requested a kiss from him.
However, today he explained to the court that he was by the salon washing a car when he struck up a conversation with the complainant and a few others. One of them said they wanted to be an attorney and the other a doctor. He spent time encouraging them “to be number one” and to “be the best that they can be”. It was after the verbal exchange that he opened his arms, the girl walked into them and they hugged.
He was remanded to HMP Dodds until May 23 for sentencing.