Bedhampton woman, 20, cautioned after man 'slapped on bottom during night out in Portsmouth'

A WOMAN has been given a conditional caution after a man was allegedly slapped on the bottom on a night out in Portsmouth.

Thursday, 2nd September 2021, 4:01 pm

Hannah Phillips, 20, of Timsbury Crescent, Bedhampton, had been charged with sexual assault and was due to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court in connection with the incident which happened on the night of August 5.

But the case was withdrawn by the Crown Prosecution Service after the court was told that Ms Phillips had been given a conditional caution.

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Hannah Phillips outside Portsmouth Magistrates' Court in August 2021. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

The charge against her had stated that she had ‘intentionally touched a man aged 16 or over and that touching was sexual when he did not consent and you did not reasonably believe that he was consenting’.

Two other women, both aged 19, have also been charged in connection with the incident in the city centre and their case is to be dealt with separately at the crown court.

Prosecutors say the incident was sparked after a woman challenged a group after a man was slapped on the bottom.

Scarlett Bareham and Fiona Hoyle, both 19, are accused of affray over the incident with Bareham, from Timsbury Crescent, Bedhampton, also facing a charge of sexual assault.

Hoyle, from Cleveland Road, Southsea, is also charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Both defendants entered no pleas to the charges at an earlier hearing and the case was sent to Portsmouth Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing on September 20.

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