“Sex pest” is spared jail for two assaults

Court news.
Court news.

A former Bedford takeaway restaurant worker, described by a Judge as “an opportunistic sex pest”, has been spared a prison sentence for sexually assaulting two women he worked alongside.

Biodun Aderibigbe was found guilty of three offences of sexual assault and acquitted of a fourth at his trial last month.

At Luton crown court on Tuesday (April 26), Judge Barbara Mensah told Nigerian-born Aderibigbe she was disappointed that he was still in “total denial” about his conduct.

She said he was “over familiar” with women and did not understand that his actions were distressing, offensive and wrong.

But she added: “I believe that simply having these convictions now, coupled with the work that probation officers are suggesting they can do with you, will result in you not offending again.”

Aderibigbe, who is 49 and from Iddesleigh Road in Bedford, was told after he was found guilty that a prison sentence was a likely outcome.

But instead he was given an 18-month community order, a rehabilitation activity requirement for 30 days and 250 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay £1,000 towards the prosecution costs and register as a sex offender for the next five years.

Two young women who worked alongside Aderibigbe gave evidence at his trial.

They said he had touched them inappropriately at work and once when one of them had given him a lift home.

Things came to a head last May when one of the women complained to her bosses.

The company reported the matter to police and Aderibigbe was dismissed.

In his evidence he said he was a Christian and happily married, and would not sexually assault other women.

He pleaded not guilty to the four charges he faced.