Sex offender stole shoes off woman’s feet

A Scarborough man will be sentenced next month after attempting to steal a woman's shoes off her feet.
A Scarborough man will be sentenced next month after attempting to steal a woman's shoes off her feet.

A convicted Scarborough sex offender has appeared before a crown court for attempting to steal a woman’s shoes off her feet.

Jess Collinson, 24, who is subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) for previous offending of a similar nature, is alleged to have attempted to steal Michelle Hirst’s shoes on October 6.

York Crown Court

York Crown Court

Collinson, of Cooks Gardens, pleaded guilty to the allegation when he appeared before York Crown Court on Monday.

Alan Mitcheson, prosecuting, said that Collinson had attempted to remove shoes from the victim’s feet, although the degree of force used had been minimal.

He said the victim was more vulnerable because the offence took place late at night, adding that to a degree the victim had been targeted by Collinson.

It was in 2010 that Collinson was placed under a three-year community order and the SOPO imposed.

The hearing was adjourned on Monday for both the preparation of a pre-sentence report and to give the psychiatrist who saw Collinson prior to the 2010 hearing the chance, if felt necessary, to make further comment.

The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said: “The fact that he has committed an offence with similar elements is very worrying.”

The sentencing hearing has been set for December 18 and Collinson was granted conditional bail where he is not allowed to have any contact with his victim.