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Skewen man, Anthony Tierney, 67, in sex attack on teenage girl, 17, in lift in Debenhams in Swansea Quadrant

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 24, 2014

A TEENAGE girl was sexually assaulted by a man while the pair were both in a lift.

Anthony Tierney, aged 67, grabbed the 17-year-old by her shoulders before kissing her on her face and rubbing her back, prosecutor Linda Baker said.

Tierney, who city magistrates were told has learning difficulties, cornered the girl in a lift.

He began talking to her but then moved towards her, trapping her into a corner. She was worried he would kiss her and she then saw him move his head towards her.

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She initially managed to move her head away to avoid the kiss but he then grabbed her arms again and tried to kiss her again, this time kissing the side of her face.

The kiss was described as lasting a number of seconds.

The offence took place at 1.40pm on January 4 in the Debenhams store in The Quadrant in Swansea.

The incident was captured on CCTV and police tracked Tierney, from Tegfan in Skewen, down before arresting him.

He then pleaded guilty to a single charge of sexual assault on a female.

His solicitor, Matt Henson, asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared before his client is sentences.

"I think for the sake of all parties, especially the court's, a report is the best option here," said Mr Henson.

Magistrates gave him bail for three weeks when he will have to return to court for sentencing.

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