May 2019

Sex offender who groped teenage girls on public transport sent back to prison for catching a bus to chemist

A pervert jailed for targeting teenage girls on buses is back in prison for defying a court order banning him from using public transport unaccompanied.

Neil Poundford was arrested after police spotted him boarding a bus in Wakefield as they kept him under observation.

The 60-year-old was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) in 2017 after he was locked up for two offences of sexual assault.

He preyed on one 17-year-old victim as she was travelling on a bus between Wakefield and Dewsbury.

He targeted a 13-year-old girl as she was at a bus stop in Horbury, Wakefield.

Poundford served a 16-month sentence but was ordered to comply with the SHPO for ten years.

The order bans him from travelling on public transport without a “responsible adult” and from sitting near unaccompanied females.

Police arrested Poundford on April 17 this year after following the bus.

Poundford told police officers he had been travelling to the chemist.

He said: “I had to correct my prescription.”

Ashleigh Metcalfe, prosecuting, said no females had been on the bus at the time but he was in breach of the order for travelling alone

The court heard Poundford had breached the court order on a previous occasion last year and received another 16-month sentence.

He was given a 24-week sentence by Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, who described Poundford’s behaviour as a “flagrant breach of the order.”

Poundford protested as he was being sentenced over a video link from Armley jail.

He told the the judge: “But I don’t know any responsible people. That’s why I went on my own!”

The judge added: “The order is quite clear not to get on a bus without a responsible adult.

“You got on the bus with no one. Your previous convictions have involved sexual assaults on young women and teenage girls.”

May 2018

Bus pervert jailed for breaching public transport ban

A PERVERT broke a ban ordering him to keep off public transport by boarding a bus within weeks of being released from prison. 

Neil Poundford was locked up in August last year for sexual assaults on a 17-year-old girl on a bus and a 13-year-old as she waited at a bus stop.

Poundford was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order prohibiting him from using public transport unaccompanied for a period of ten years.

Leeds Crown Court heard the 59-year-old was released from prison on licence in April this year.

Peter Yates, prosecuting, said police officers from the public protection unit went to Poundford’s home in Wakefield to pay a “routine visit” and spotted him walking down the street. The officers followed Poundford and saw him board a bus on Horbury Road.

Peter Yates, prosecuting, said police officers from the public protection unit went to Poundford’s home in Wakefield to pay a “routine visit” and spotted him walking down the street. The officers followed Poundford and saw him board a bus on Horbury Road.

They followed the bus until Poundford got off the vehcile in Wakefield city centre. Mr Yates said Poundford was arrested and told officers: “Yes I did it. I have been stupid.” The prosecutor added: “He said he was aware of the order but that he just wanted to get on a bus and act like a normal person.”

Poundford was released on bail but officers observed him catching another bus on May 15.

He was arrested again two days later and told police: “Yes, I thought it was you who saw me when I got on the bus.”

Poundford, of Horbury Road, Wakefield, pleaded guilty to two breaches of a sexual harm prevention order. Emma Downing, prosecuting, said Poundford had sat deliberately away from people during the journey and no members of the public had been placed at risk.

Miss Downing said Poundford had used public transport as he is too old to walk into the city centre. The barrister said Poundford had been placed in accommodation out of the city centre but liked to go there to visit the library and see friends.

Poundford was given another jail sentence of 16 months.

At his sentencing hearing last year, the court heard Poundford targeted the 17-year-old victim as she was travelling on the bus between Wakefield and Dewsbury.

He sat next to her and began talking to her before grabbing her face and saying: “I think I recognise you.” Poundford then started to talk about driving lessons and touched the victim on her arm.

The victim felt frightened and got up to leave then Poundford slapped her behind as she walked away. Police obtained CCTV footage from the bus and were able to identify Poundford. He was arrested and released on bail but targeted a 13-year-old girl at a bus stop in Horbury.

Poundford approached the girl on Westfield Lane and made a comment about her jeans before touching her knee. Poundford then showed her a bank book and said he had £3,000 in his account.

He also touched her face before she walked away and told a friend what had happened.

August 2017

Bus pervert preyed on teenage girls

A MAN has been jailed for sexual assaults on a 17-year-old girl on a bus and a 13-year-old as she waited at a bus stop.

Neil Poundford was given a 16-month sentence over the incidents in Wakefield.

Poundford, 58, was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order banning him from sitting near unaccompanied females on public transport for the next ten years. Leeds Crown Court heard Poundford targeted the 17-year-old as she was travelling on the bus between Wakefield and Dewsbury on May 5 this year.

Robert Stevenson, prosecuting, said Poundford sat next to her and began talking to her, He then grabbed her face and said: “I think I recognise you.” Poundford then started to talk about driving lessons and touched the victim on her arm.

Mr Stevenson said the victim felt frightened and got up to leave then Poundford slapped her behind as she walked away. Police obtained CCTV footage from the bus and were able to identify Poundford.

He was arrested and released on bail but targeted a 13-year-old girl at a bus stop in Horbury, Wakefield, on July 27.

Poundford approached the girl on Westfield Lane and made a comment about her jeans before touching her knee. Poundford then showed her a bank book and said he had £3,000 in account.

He also touched her face before she walked away and told a friend what had happened.

He was arrested for a second time and admitted what he had done.

Poundford, of Waterhouse Grove, Lupset, Wakefield, pleaded guilty to two offences of sexual assault. The court heard he has previous convictions for sexual assault. T

Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “This was serious persistent behaviour.”

“Each offence must have caused your victim serious alarm. It must have been very troubling for them. “You did it for your own sexual gratification.