Judge tells sex attack yob: You lead pointless life

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A TEENAGER who a judge said lives an utterly pointless life has been locked up for sexually assaulting a woman in a nightclub.

Craig Rigg repeatedly ignored the courts and revelled in breaking the law.

At 18 he has already clocked up a string of previous convictions for offences including assault and breaking into cars. But his lifestyle caught up with him at Portsmouth Crown Court after molesting an 18-year-old woman in Emma’s Nightclub in Gosport.

Rigg assaulted the woman, who was out for the night with her girlfriend and mum, while she was on the dancefloor.

Prosecutor Rebecca Austin said: ‘The victim said it was a horrible experience and left her feeling shocked and uncomfortable. She describes herself as being shocked and disgusted by his actions and felt it to be a massive invasion of her privacy.’

Rigg also shouted abuse at the woman and punched her partner in the face after the assault in July last year. He was arrested outside the club after getting into a fight with a man. The court heard he had repeatedly ignored past court orders, even going as far as to cut an electronic tag off his ankle when he was put on a curfew.

Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘You breach or ignore every order that the courts have imposed upon you. You have shown what can only be described as a blatant disregard for any sentence imposed. You see no reason it would seem, to change your ways.

‘You seem almost to revel in your offending. You live an utterly pointless existence, drinking, taking drugs, claiming benefits and not obtaining employment.

‘You regard yourself as untouchable – nothing is going to happen to you – but it is going to happen to you.

‘I take the view that you are a very high risk of violent offending and a medium risk of causing harm. It was an unpleasant incident and frightening for the girl concerned. The offence therefore is so serious that only a custodial sentence is appropriate for it.’

Daniel Riley, defending, said that since Rigg had been in custody he had been trying to change his behaviour.

‘He is someone who does say that he believes he is growing up,’ Mr Riley said.

Rigg, of Grange Road, Gosport, pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

He was sentenced to 40 weeks in a young offenders’ institute.