Pensioner sexually assaulted man

A pensioner who sexually assaulted a man in a supermarket car park has been ordered to complete a probation order.

Geoffrey O’Kane, of Flat B, 28 Pump Street, was convicted of sexually assaulting the man on July 13, last year.

The 65-year-old denied the charge but was found guilty after a contest at Derry Magistrates Court.

Defence counsel Stephen Chapman said the issue for trial was one of consent.

He told the court O’Kane “thought there was an invitation extended to him to take part in the behaviour he did” and when he was challenged by the victim he said “did you not want me to do that?”

The barrister told the court the error in judgement by the 65-year-old “was grave” and he “simply made a mistake he is never likely to make again”.

It was revealed that O’Kane, who worked in the education sector for a number of years, is not assessed as posing a risk to the public.

Passing sentence, District Judge Barney McElholm imposed a probation order for two years which requires the pensioner to take part in a community sex offenders programme.

O’Kane must also sign the sex offenders register for five years and is banned from working with children or vulnerable adults.