a person standing next to a tree: Murray Benjamin Smith groped and assaulted a woman on the Bay Run in December 2018.© Kate Geraghty
Murray Benjamin Smith groped and assaulted a lady on the Bay Run in December 2018.

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A person who attacked and groped a stranger in Sydney’s inside west final yr was beforehand convicted for possessing baby abuse materials and didn’t report back to police for 3 years, court docket paperwork reveal.

Murray Benjamin Smith, 45, from Lilyfield, pleaded responsible to widespread assault and sexually touching with out consent after he approached a lady jogging alongside the Bay Run at about 5.30pm on December 1, 2018.

Smith walked up behind the girl, who observed him lingering, and groped her on the buttocks, inflicting her to show round and inform him to “f— off”.

In line with police details, one other girl heard the sufferer’s cries and yelled out “excuse me” to Smith, mentioning {that a} police automotive was parked close by.

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Whereas this was occurring, the sufferer took her cellphone from her pocket and took two pictures of Smith.

He then walked in the direction of her and tried to take her cellphone, saying “do not f—ing take a photograph of me”. Throughout a battle, the sufferer was hit within the face with the cellphone.

Smith then ran from the scene and the sufferer reported the assault to police. He was arrested 5 days later and agreed he was depicted in a photograph from the sufferer’s cellphone, however denied touching her.

On Wednesday, Justice of the Peace Margaret Quinn stated what Smith did to the girl was “fairly severe” as she jailed him for 9 months with a non-parole interval of six months.

“You felt you had a proper to seize [her]. Effectively, you do not,” Justice of the Peace Quinn stated.

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“It is disgusting. Disgusting.”

As a result of he has been in custody since he was arrested, Smith shall be eligible for launch this month. He was additionally given a 12-month group corrections order and a $600 tremendous for widespread assault, and 6 months’ imprisonment for failing to report back to police, which he additionally pleaded responsible to.

“For those who come again once more the penalties shall be rising,” Justice of the Peace Quinn stated.

Smith responded: “You’ll by no means see me once more, Your Honour.”

His lawyer Omar Juweinat informed Sydney’s Central Native Court docket that Smith didn’t report back to police at Balmain as a result of he had a “falling out” with officers on the station. 

In court docket paperwork, police element that Smith has been on the kid safety register since October 2015 after he was convicted of possessing baby abuse materials. He’s required to current himself to police yearly till 2023 to make sure his particulars are up-to-date.

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He didn’t report back to police within the month of November for 3 consecutive years, from 2016 to 2018.

Smith confronted court docket after the primary two failed appearances, and was sentenced to an 18-month bond in Might 2018, however once more failed to seem in November of that yr.

“Police imagine the accused presents a hazard to members of the general public as displayed in these offences,” police stated in court docket paperwork ready shortly after Smith’s arrest.

Smith, who’s unemployed, stated he was going to see a health care provider “for the issues I am going via”.

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