Man sentenced for sexual assault in Fife village



A 24-year-old man has avoided a jail sentence for sexually assaulting a woman in Culross.

The incident occurred after the victim offered to give him a lift home.

She gave evidence on the assault during the first day of a trial at Dunfermline Sheriff Court last month.

On the second day, Jonathon Howison-Hood (24), of Barbara Stocks Lane, Culross, submitted a guilty plea.

He admitted a charge that on 24th January last year at Gallows Loan, Culross, he assaulted a woman by seizing her neck and then sexually assaulted her.

Sheriff Craig McSherry had deferred sentencing for reports.

When Howison-Hood returned for sentencing, he was put on a community payback order with 300 hours of unpaid work and 12 months of supervision.

He was also put on the sex offenders’ register for 12 months and ordered to pay £750 compensation to the victim.

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