Man jailed following sexual assault in Barnsley nightclub

Date published: 01 May 2019 16:15
Dated: 01 May 2019 17:14:16

Nicosur Botezatu, 45, of Fitzwilliam Street is now serving four-and-a-half years behind bars after admitting sexually assaulting a woman on the dance floor of Volt nightclub. 

Botezatu targeted his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on a night out in the early hours of Monday 3 December 2018.

The court heard how bouncers and the public had intervened when they saw the man assaulting the woman. Bouncers then called the police who detained Botezatu before promptly charging him. He has since been remanded in custody until pleading guilty shortly before his trial was due to start.

Detective Constable Emma Shipley said: “Botezatu is a highly predatory offender. He targeted a woman who was out enjoying a night with friends and family and deliberately prayed on her when she was intoxicated and vulnerable. 

“I would like to recognise the bravery of the victim and thank the witnesses for helping us secure such a successful prosecution.”

Botezatu was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 30 April). He will be put on the sex register indefinitely.

Anyone with concerns can call 101 or speak anonymously to Say Something, a national helpline for children and young people to report child sexual exploitation. You can call or text 116000 to speak to someone.

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