Never a good thing to stroke a stranger

RONALD George Wilkinson walked up to a woman he had not met, slapped her on the right buttock and began sliding his hand up to her lower back, making circular motions.

When the woman realised Wilkinson was touching her, she leaned forward and arched her back.

Wilkinson then got in his car and drove off. The woman later reported his behaviour to police.

A court heard yesterday the incident happened about 4.30pm on February 28, 2012, in Olive Street, Albury.

The woman  said she felt violated by Wilkinson’s actions.

She did not know him but later identified him from photographs.

It led to Wilkinson, 68, of Macauley Street, Albury, being charged with assault with an act of indecency.

Solicitor Andrea MacDonald yesterday said Wilkinson had had a heart attack “after the matter came to light”.

The matter had originally been listed for a defended hearing, but Wilkinson pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court yesterday.

Ms MacDonald said Wilkinson had just one minor driving matter, in 1991, on his record.

“It was a spur of the moment thing. No complaint was made at the time,” she said.

Magistrate Megan Greenwood said Wilkinson had a clean record apart from the driving matter.

“It is never, ever acceptable to touch a person without their consent,” Ms Greenwood said.

“This must have been a very unpleasant experience for the victim.”

Wilkinson was convicted, put on a two-year bond and fined $550.