A MAN who groped an 11-year-old girl as she walked home from school was given a community order last week.

Nourredine Sed, 38, was sentenced at Dorchester Crown Court in relation to an incident in Wimborne Road, Winton on September 25 last year.

Prosecutor Heather Shimmen said the victim had told police Sed approached her on his bike.

According to her account to police, Sed had said: “I’ve seen you, I think you’re beautiful and I like you.”

The court was told that when the girl walked on Sed had asked for a kiss, to which she had replied “no”. But, the girl said, he then put his arm around her and tried to kiss her.

She said she tried to pull away but he was able to kiss her and touched her bottom.

Miss Shimmen said that following a police investigation and media appeal Sed, an Algerian legally residing in the UK due to his marriage to an EU national and UK citizens, was arrested and interviewed.

He initially denied the allegations but later made admissions in court.

James Newton-Price, mitigating, said that his client was supported by his wife, who had taken an “understanding, responsible and forgiving view in relation to his conduct”.

He added that Sed, of Stirling Road, Bournemouth, was a man of previous good character.

Judge Roger Jarvis told the defendant: “The very idea that a child of 11 years will be attracted to you is patently absurd.

Man who groped 11-year-old on way home from school given community order (From Bournemouth Echo)