A drunken drug-user who sexually assaulted a woman after following her into a Halifax takeaway has been jailed for a total of 15 months.
John Burns, who was said to have no recollection of his behaviour that night, was locked up for nine months for the assault and ordered to serve an extra six months in custody because he was in breach of a suspended jail term.
Bradford Crown Court heard today that the complainant, who had never seen Burns before, had been out with her father that night, in November 2017, when she later decided to go for a takeaway at Pizza King in Ovenden with a female friend.
Prosecutor Tom Storey said as the women walked along Ovenden Road Burns tried to start a conversation and made bizarre comments about "bombing" a nearby pub.
The complainant, who cannot be identified, was so concerned about his comments that they contacted the police and even warned the landlady.
The court heard that Burns, of Halifax, continued to follow the women telling the complainant she was "beautiful and sexy" before going into the takeaway.
Mr Storey said the victim had ignored the defendant because she was scared of his behaviour, but as she stood at the counter the 43-year-old came up behind her and put his hand inside her leggings and knickers.
The court heard how the complainant's friend kicked the defendant after seeing what he had done and the distressed victim ran out of the takeaway.
Burns was arrested by police officers responding to the initial call about the "bomb threat" and on route to the police station he appeared to try to strangle himself and had to be restrained.
Burns, who had previous convictions but none for sexual offences, was due to stand trial in April, but a few months ago he pleaded guilty to the sexual assault charge.
His sentence hearing was adjourned for the preparation of a psychologist's report and the court heard that Burns, who suffers from learning difficulties, claimed to have no recollection of the offence due to his intoxication that night.
"He was misusing alcohol and drugs over a period of time," said his barrister Giles Bridge.
"That's the cause of this offence in my submission."
Mr Bridge urged the judge to take an exceptional course by suspending any prison sentence, but Judge Colin Burn said the offending was far too serious.
Judge Burn said the defendant had been "completely out of it" when he committed the offence, but it was impossible for the court to deal with him in any other way than a prison sentence.