‘Lewd’ man followed student nurse home

Register: Paul Threlfall, pictured previously in 2009
Register: Paul Threlfall, pictured previously in 2009
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A man who sexually assaulted a lone schoolgirl, and made lurid sexual remarks to a student nurse he followed home, must sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Paul Threlfall, 41, of The Paddock, Fulwood, Preston, was also ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work after a judge at Preston Crown Court told him: “Women need to know they are protected from vile, foul-mouthed sexual predators like you when they walk the streets.”

It comes just a year after Threlfall narrowly avoided prison for making ‘despicable’ remarks about the deaths of former UCLan student PC Fiona Bone and her colleague PC Nicola Hughes in an abusive rant at police and paramedics.

Prosecuting, Charles Brown told Preston Crown Court a student nurse was walking home from work in Preston on May 5 at 3am when Threlfall, followed her on his bike, repeatedly shouting “Sex,sex,sex” and making disgusting remarks.

On May 19, he followed a 14-year-old girl at around 5.30pm after approaching her from behind.

Mr Brown said: “He put his hand out and stroked her hip. She didn’t want to go home because then he would know where she lived so she phoned a friend and arranged to meet him.”

Threlfall was identified through DNA, after spitting on the ground near a football pitch where the girl met her friend. He admitted a charge of sexual assault and a public order offence.

Judge Heather Lloyd said: “Fancy coming across someone like you using that lewd, crude, revolting language. Of course, you were sexually motivated by what you were doing.

“Your defence called it infantile – it is not infantile, it was lewd, concerning and criminal.”

However, she deemed as Threlfall had served the equivalent of 40 weeks custody by virtue of his electronic tag, he would be released very quickly if she imposed custody.

He was ordered to pay a £100 fine, £60 surcharge and £250 costs.