Man Sentenced for Sexual Assault in Bognor Regis Bar

A man living in Worthing has been given an eight-and-a-half year prison sentence for sexually assaulting two women in a bar he was running in Bognor Regis.

Sean Parker, 42, of Poulters Lane, West Tarring, was given his sentence at Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday 9th March. He appeared by video-link from prison, having been found guilty on 1st March of one count of raping of a 22-year old woman, as well as two counts of sexual assault. One of these counts of sexual assault was against the rape victim and one was agaist another, 32-year-old woman.

The offences against the first woman happened in December 2016. The second offence against the second woman occurred in July 2016. Both offences happened at the music venue called ‘Seafish’, that Parker ran in Aldwick Road, Bognor Regis.

Parker will now remain a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.

Detective Constable Gaye Moore said; “These offences took place in very similar circumstances. On both occasions the women had been attending music events at the bar and stayed on, with others, as guests of Parker after the music ended.

“In the early hours of the following mornings, they each went to sleep in bedrooms upstairs where Parker assaulted them.

“He had clearly taken advantage of their tiredness, the fact that all parties had had something to drink during the evening, and their being in unfamiliar circumstances, to abuse them.”

“Both victims gave evidence at his trial, and we admire their steadfastness in doing so, which helped enable justice to be done.”

Following the second incident the ‘Seafish’ was issued with a closure notice on 22 December by Arun District Council for being a premises associated with nuisance and disorder.

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