Nightclub Pervert exposed himself & Sexually Assaulted Revellers

A 36-year-old man from Hampshire exposed himself and sexually assaulted revellers at a nightclub in Oxford.

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Another woman later felt someone pressing into her back.

Suranga Wijethunga, aged 36, of Botley, Hampshire, was jailed for 13 months after he exposed himself and sexually assaulted nightclub revellers.

Oxford Crown Court heard that he sexually assaulted two young women and exposed himself in the ATIK nightclub in the early hours of November 30, 2019.

Wijethunga claimed he had been drunk and found himself urinating on the dancefloor.

While being cross-examined, Wijethunga said:

“I was drunk, confused and I wished to pee.”

The women were dancing in the Park End Street nightclub when Wijethunga approached one of them. He groped her leg.

Another woman later felt someone pressing into her back.

When she reached behind to push the person away, she felt the man’s genitals in her hand.

CCTV from inside the nightclub showed the student pushing Wijethunga off the dancefloor and through security doors.

Footage showed him appearing to fiddle with his trousers.

In January 2022, Wijethunga was found guilty of sexual assault and indecent exposure.

He had no previous convictions but in 2018, he was acquitted of an alleged sexual assault at the same nightclub.

His victim said that while the nightclub incident “did not break her psychologically” it made her “more upset thinking because of him [she] and other women need to be alert and have our guard up at all time”.

In mitigation, Jonathan Coode said:

“It would appear on an empty stomach, Mr Wijethunga had far too much whisky to drink and that may be the most relevant factor in this in terms of any loss of inhibitions.”

Wijethunga had not “touched a drop of alcohol” since his arrest in 2019.

He was an electrician and was planning to move to Exeter.

Mr Coode said his client was fond of his unwell mother, who was receiving treatment back in his native Sri Lanka.

A character reference from a priest at Wijethunga’s temple in Kandy described him as a “good person” who had attended “important meetings” relating to a religious school.

Wijethunga had also adopted a 10-year-old orphan back in Sri Lanka.

Mr Coode added: “He is a good man who made a rather horrendous mistake on November 30.”

Recorder David Mayall said: “You deny this offence.

“You do not think you did anything wrong on that occasion, which in my judgment must lessen the prospect of rehabilitation.”

Wijethunga was jailed for 13 months.

He received a sexual harm prevention order, banning him from going to nightclubs between 11 pm and 6 am for the next five years.

He must also sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”

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