A WOMAN groped by a visiting painter and decorator was left badly affected by it, a court heard.
In a detailed victim impact statement the woman told how it had destroyed her confidence, she rarely went out socially and she was simply “not herself”.
She could not even think about going on holiday, she explained.
“I feel as if I want to cut myself off from the world,” she said.
“I am there is body but my mind is elsewhere.”
The court heard Glyn Jones, 59, touched one of her breasts over her bra.
Jones, of Whitford Road, Whitford near Holywell, admitted sexual touching in April last year at an earlier hearing.
The incident happened while Jones was working.
A woman had been involved in a conversation with him and turned to leave. He then reached around the front of her and put his hand down her blouse.
He touched her right breast over her bra.
She immediately reacted by telling him to get off and calling him a dirty pig. The victim left and was upset and crying, said Justin Espie, prosecuting.
Interviewed, he denied doing it and said he had jokingly pointed his finger at her.
Jones was placed on the sex offender register for five years.
He was ordered to pay her £500 compensation for the psychological harm he caused.
Flintshire magistrates sitting at Mold placed him on a 12 month community order with supervision on a one to one basis to tackle sexual behaviour.
They said he should continue to work with the community mental health team.
As part of the community order, Jones was banned from approaching the victim for the next 12 months and ordered to pay £145 costs.
Phillip Lloyd Jones, defending, said it was an opportunistic offence which was over very quickly. He had pleaded guilty immediately.
The court had heard of the impact on the complainant but the impact on the defendant had also been quite dramatic.
Jones was suspended at the time but he had since resigned and had applied for benefits.
Intervention by the probation service was essential and also that Jones continued to receive mental health assistance.