Portuguese national sentenced for sex attacks

15/10/2012

A Portuguese national has today been sentenced at Worcester Crown Court to two years imprisonment and ordered to go onto the sex offenders register for seven years in relation to three allegations of sexual assaults.

Rubio Costa, aged 25, grabbed, hugged and kissed three girls aged between 15 and 17 without their consent whilst they were doing nothing more than going about their daily business in Worcester city centre on 12 and 14 March 2012.

Suzanne Llewellyn, Senior Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "Rubio Costa's actions were consistent of a predatory sex offender seeking opportunities to sexually assault vulnerable victims.

"He targeted young girls who were on their own and he took advantage of this situation. On one occasion, he assaulted two victims in the space of an hour.

"At each attack, the victims bravely pushed him away and informed the police. 

"The CPS has a dedicated team of specially trained prosecutors who have a great deal of understanding of the sensitivities of prosecuting cases of this nature, and how difficult and harrowing it can be for a victim from the first step of making a complaint to the police, through to giving evidence in a trial.

"We would like to thank the victims for having the courage to support the prosecution and giving evidence in this case, which has allowed a predatory sex offender to be brought to justice, and we would urge anybody who has been a victim of such an offence to report it to the appropriate authorities as soon as possible."