Suspended sentence for sex act on bus, assault

Michael TraillGreat Southern Herald
Albany Justice Complex.
Camera IconAlbany Justice Complex. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

A Kendenup man has avoided jail for committing a sex act on a TransWA bus and requesting sex from an 18-year-old female passenger, while in view of her younger sibling.

Robert Charles Carson, 53, pleaded guilty to obscene acts in public in the Albany Magistrate’s Court last Thursday for the incident, which was described as “appalling” by Magistrate Raelene Johnston.

Police prosecutors told the court Carson was travelling from Albany to East Perth when he undid his pants and performed a sex act in view of a CCTV camera on the bus on August 11 while the bus travelled through North Bannister.

“While fondling himself, the accused moved to another seat, attempting to gain the attention of another female passenger,” police prosecutors said.

The young woman was two rows in front of Carson, who was on the back seat.

Carson then approached the female, requesting that she have sex with him, and attempted to sit next to her.

The 18-year-old’s younger sibling, who saw the incident, asked Carson to return to his seat.

The woman told the bus driver and her parents what had happened once the bus arrived in Armadale.

Carson also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and no authority to drive during Thursday’s hearing.

On June 20, Carson approached a man who was lying on a public bench at Albany Plaza shopping centre.

After refusing to move from the bench, Carson dragged the man off the bench by the left leg before kicking him in the torso.

Carson’s victim was taken to hospital with a swollen right eye and lacerations to the head.

Ms Johnston told Carson his actions were appalling in both instances.

She said he had no right to engage with his assault victim in the way he did, while describing the bus incident as “highly inappropriate”.

Carson told the court he was disgusted by his actions in North Bannister.

Ms Johnston handed Carson a 14-month prison sentence for the three offences, which was suspended for 18 months.

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