Ex- Cave Bar boss guilty of sex assault

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A bar owner is facing jail for sexually assaulting a female customer as she bought a drink.

Nicolino Attardo, 59, was found guilty of slapping the woman’s bottom in Cave Bar on Westgate last November.

City magistrates also heard how Attardo then made a vile’ sexual remark to his distressed victim.

The young woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, went to cry in the bar’s toilets where she discovered a handprint on her behind.

Prosecutor Mark Haigh told how the woman and a friend had been on a night out when they encountered Attardo while ordering a drink at the bar.

The victim told the court: “I felt an almighty slap on the right side of my bottom, then he said something to me while his hand was on my bum.”

Attardo then made an obscene comment to the woman and asked her: “Do you want one on the other side to match?”

The complainant, giving evidence, said: “I couldn’t believe somebody felt they could do that and say such a vile thing without any provocation.

“I wasn’t provoking anyone. I wasn’t having an inappropriate conversation with this person. It was completely out of the blue.”

The woman told the court: “I felt awful, very degraded, very vulnerable as well. He had come into my personal space.”

Attardo, of Barnsley Road, South Kirkby, pleaded not guilty, claiming it was “horseplay with no sexual intent”.

He said: “I was just jesting, joking with the girls.”

He claimed he had gestured to the complainant’s friend that he was going to slap the woman’s bottom. He said she nodded and he went ahead.

But Mr Haigh, cross-examining, said: “Did you think you could take advantage of these females? May be they’ve been drinking heavily and you could get away with it?”

Attardo denied this but was later convicted of sexual assault and will be sentenced next month.

The court heard Attardo sold Cave Bar in January, blaming the recession.