Man sentenced to hospital order for sexual assault attack in the park

25/07/2014

Simon Gould, 45 of no fixed abode was today sentenced at Southampton Crown Court to a hospital order with restriction under sections 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act, which the judge ruled was necessary to protect the public from serious harm after he sexually assaulted a female jogger at Lakeside Park in Eastleigh on July 16, 2013.

Following sentencing, Gavin Sumpter, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex said: "This attack left the victim with difficulty sleeping, a loss of self-confidence and the continuous need to understand how something like this happened to her by replaying in her mind the event of that day as was mentioned today in her victim impact statement.

"Not only did Gould subject her to a sexual assault by grabbing her around the neck and touching her whilst she was jogging in Lakeside Park in Eastleigh  last year,  but during his trial in November he lied to the jury at Southampton Crown by claiming that the victim for no apparent reasons exposed her breasts and invited him to touch them.

"The jury after hearing the prosecution and the defence case did not accept his version of events and found him guilty

"Today the Judge considered reports from two psychiatrists which stated that Gould suffered from schizophrenia. After hearing mitigation from the Defence concluded that Gould posed a high risk of causing serious harm to the public and was likely to re-offend. As a result the Judge imposed the hospital order with restrictions which means that he can only be released if the Secretary of State is satisfied that he no longer poses a high risk of harm to the public.

"We hope that with this sentence the victim in this case will now be able to move on with her life."