Bizarre delivery driver in court after groping customer

LOST JOB: Andrew Hartley

LOST JOB: Andrew Hartley

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A DELIVERY delivery driver who fondled a housewife on his rounds walked free from court - after claiming the case had upset him!

Andrew Hartley moaned that he had been fired from his job and become depressed since the incident in east Cleveland last October.

Outside court, the 53-year-old, from Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, insisted he had done nothing wrong - even though he pleaded guilty.

He told our reporter, when asked if he thought it was all right to grope girls: "She wasn't a girl, she was in her fifties."

Teesside Crown Court heard how the victim was left feeling scared and violated, and has since installed CCTV cameras at her home.

Yet Hartley 's barrister told the court the case has had a "significant impact" on him.

"He was immediately dismissed from his employment," said Mark Styles, mitigating. "The upshot is, he has been labouring with the effects of depression as a result of losing his work . . . it is wholly out of character."

The court heard how Hartley pointed to a bulge in his trousers, and said: "Look at that . . . how can I go about with that?"

When he turned up at the house earlier, he complained of having no money and being hungry, said prosecutor John Gillette, and showed the woman a hole in his trousers, claiming he had been attacked by a dog.

The householder was worried at Hartley's odd behaviour and asked him to leave her parcels on the doorstep.

But he continued to go in and out of the house with packages, before asking if he could use the toilet,

said Mr Gillette.

When he returned after several minutes, he pointed to his groin, and said to the stunned woman: "Look at this."

Hartley leant against a worktop and began thrusting his hips forward, before groping his victim's breast and trying to kiss her.

Mr Gillette told the court he repeatedly and puzzlingly said "thank you" before leaving.

Mr Styles said: "This was an aberration, and most unlikely to be repeated. He has been in similar situations - alone with people receiving parcels, ladies on their own - multiple times without problems."

Hartley's long-term partner wrote to the judge, while three friends and a former employer provided character testimonials.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, QC, told him: "What you did that afternoon was invade the privacy of that woman. You intimidated her and took advantage of her being alone.

"Those who have given you references speak of you being selfless. You were not selfless on that afternoon. You were selfish."

Hartley, of Shafto Way, Newton Aycliffe, admitted sexual assault last October and was given an 18-month community order with supervision.

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8:24am Sat 26 Jul 14

Hunty1 says...

Well Mr Hartley you have got off pretty lightly there. I hope you learn from this and I hope others do also. No one has a right to act in such an intimidating way, it's disrespectful and what I think is this: before anyone thinks about doing such an act to another person they should think about the other persons feelings, put themselves in their place, how you feel if that was your daughter, wife, mother, sister or friend? You may have lost your job Mr Hartley but your victim has lost her trust in men!
Well Mr Hartley you have got off pretty lightly there. I hope you learn from this and I hope others do also. No one has a right to act in such an intimidating way, it's disrespectful and what I think is this: before anyone thinks about doing such an act to another person they should think about the other persons feelings, put themselves in their place, how you feel if that was your daughter, wife, mother, sister or friend? You may have lost your job Mr Hartley but your victim has lost her trust in men! Hunty1
  • Score: 20

10:12am Sat 26 Jul 14

OldBiddyFrom Barney says...

The difficult thing in a situation like this is most older women myself included feel we have to be polite and kind at all times well we don't. Last year I found myself in a 'strange' situation when a electrician who came to do a minor job ended staying over 4 hours he was upset about a 'relationship break up' and I felt he need a bit of reassurance' the conversation got more and more bizarre and I went from feeling uncomfortable to being frightened.

In the end I went to the loo and texted a neighbour who came and rescued me, she is in her twenties, when I had a few tears and told her what he was saying ect she just said Old Biddy if it happens again tell him to **** off out your ******** house you don't have to be nice to some random*********.
The difficult thing in a situation like this is most older women myself included feel we have to be polite and kind at all times well we don't. Last year I found myself in a 'strange' situation when a electrician who came to do a minor job ended staying over 4 hours he was upset about a 'relationship break up' and I felt he need a bit of reassurance' the conversation got more and more bizarre and I went from feeling uncomfortable to being frightened. In the end I went to the loo and texted a neighbour who came and rescued me, she is in her twenties, when I had a few tears and told her what he was saying ect she just said Old Biddy if it happens again tell him to **** off out your ******** house you don't have to be nice to some random*********. OldBiddyFrom Barney
  • Score: 14

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