Pair who carried out ‘disgusting prank’ spared jail

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TWO men who sexually assaulted a woman and took pictures of the abuse in a ‘disgusting prank’ have been spared jail.

Jake Jenkins and George Cashmore molested the woman at a property in Portsmouth after she had passed out.

The woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons – had gone round to the home after a night out drinking with friends when the attack happened in July last year.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Jenkins, 23, and Cashmore, 21, cut off the victim’s clothes, and drew obscenities on her.

The police were alerted and discovered pictures of the abuse on Jenkins’ mobile phone following their arrest.

Jenkins, of Meadowcroft, Swindon and Cashmore, 21, of Holbein Court, Swindon, each admitted a charge of sexual assault and one count of failing to answer bail.

They were each sentenced to 12 months in jail suspended for two years.

Both men were ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years and are not to contact the victim for two years.

Jenkins, who also admitted breaching a community order, was ordered to do 50 hours of unpaid work.

Cashmore was told he must write a letter of apology to his victim.

Deputy Circuit Judge Patrick Hooton, sentencing, said: ‘It was a disgusting prank. You should both be ashamed of yourselves and having read the victim impact statement I have no doubt whatsoever that she was extremely distressed and upset.

‘She doesn’t want to ever see either of you two again and I’m not surprised.

‘The only reason why I’m not imposing prison sentences is because you have done time and I want to spare her the ordeal of going into the witness box.’

He added: ‘As far as you are both concerned if you commit any other offence during two years from now you will be brought back and you will be made to do those 12 months.’