A pensioner is to return home to India with a prison sentence hanging over his head after committing a string of sex assaults in Bestwood Village.
Veerabhadraswamy Rudrappa (68) was on holiday, visiting his two sons and living at Hopkinson Court in the village, when he targeted women in a nine-day spree at the end of the summer.
The brazen assaults were all committed in public, some in front of children, Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard.
Some offences took place on or near Bestwood Country Park. One happened outside the victim’s home, while another was outside the village’s Hawthorne Primary School.
Now Rudrappa, a small, grey-haired man who does not speak a word of English, has been sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.
This followed guilty pleas to six offences of indecent, sexual touching of women without their consent between Wednesday 28th August and Thursday 5th September.
The court heard that he was arrested and charged by police the day before he was due to go back to his home country.
His temporary six-month visa was specially extended to await the conclusion of the case. Now he will return to India knowing that if he comes back to the UK and commits any further offences, he will be jailed.
Rudrappa’s female victims cannot be named for legal reasons, but all were over the age of 16. One was a grandmother.
When details were outlined to the magistrates by David Miles (prosecuting), one of the pensioner’s sons was reduced to tears as he sat at the back of the court with his head in his hands.
Mr Miles explained that most of the offences involved Rudrappa approaching the women and offering to shake their hands.
He then pulled them forcibly towards him to kiss them, squeeze their breasts, touch them or hug them.
One assault happened while a woman was walking to school with her ten-year-old daughter, who felt the need to ask: “What was that man doing?”
One woman said she felt “shocked and disgusted”. Another said she felt “dirty”. Another said she was “surprised and uncomfortable”. While a fourth said she felt “sick, alarmed and angry”.
Rudrappa, who appeared in court alongside an interpreter, conveyed his apologies to all the women.
Probation officer Linda Goode said his explanation was that “he was trying to be friendly and sociable”.
“After seeing people hug and kiss their friends and associates, he believed it was acceptable in this country,” said Miss Goode.
“Nonetheless, it is clear these offences were sexually motivated. He expresses his shame at his behaviour and accepts it was inappropriate and likely to cause distress.”
Louise O’Driscoll (defending) said Rudrappa, who had no previous convictions, was suffering from “deteriorating health and had undergone six operations on his throat in recent times”.
She added: “These offences were serious. But none of the women suffered any long-lasting concerns. They were fleeting incidents with no violence attached.”
Magistrates felt that compensation for the women was “not appropriate”. But they placed Rudrappa on the sex offenders’ register and ordered him to pay £85 court costs, plus a victim surcharge of £80.