A 31-year-old man with a foot fetish stroked and sniffed a shop assistant’s feet in Harrogate after getting her to try on a pair of shoes he said were for his girlfriend.
The court heard today (Tuesday) that foot pervert Alan Kirby entered a high street store in Harrogate on the afternoon of December 3.
Once there, the foot sniffer pretended he was looking for a pair of shoes for his girlfriend and asked an unsuspecting female shop assistant to try on a pair of high heeled sling backs.
Nick Adlington, prosecuting, said: “He stroked and sniffed at her feet, he then revealed he hadn’t got a girlfriend and offered to buy the shoes for her.”
York Crown Court heard that the assistant left and got somebody else to deal with Kirby - and he was later arrested.
When interviewed Kirby, who pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual assault, told police he didn’t want to buy the shoes and denied sniffing the assistant’s feet.
Sentencing him to a six month community order, Judge Shaun Spencer told him he had behaved in a “disgraceful way”.
“It must be a distressing matter to any woman who has to put with this and I can tell you if you do anything like this again you will be in serious trouble,” the judge said.
Nigel Edwards, defending, said: “It is an odd offence.”
Speaking at an earlier hearing Mr Edwards said: “He has a foot fetish and was drunk. Had he not been in drink that day this would not have happened.”
Kirby, who now lives in the Lake District, must complete 60 hours unpaid work during his community order and was made subject of a restraining order.
Dressed smartly in a grey suit, white shirt and blue striped tie Kirby spoke only to confirm his name and to inform the judge he understood his sentence during the short hearing.