Indecent assaults by brain-injured man
Experts are to assess whether a brain injury caused a man to commit a string of sex offences against women in Bath.
Jonathan Cooper, 23, pleaded guilty to indecently touching women in the city centre on two dates in November.
He suffered a serious brain injury at the age of 18, when he was involved in a car accident. His family are concerned that this is what has caused him to behave inappropriately.
Cooper, who was living in Circus Mews, but has now moved back in with his parents in Steeple Ashton, carried out his daytime assaults on November 23 and 25.
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They began when he sat next to a woman on a bus journey from the University of Bath to the city centre. He told police that he had tried to talk to her but that she had ignored him, and he had become angry. He followed her off the bus and grabbed her bottom.
The woman was frightened and tried to walk away but Cooper followed her, even waiting outside when she went into the police station to report the incident.
Later that day he also went to SouthGate and touched a woman's thigh.
On November 25 he carried out four more assaults, in Union Street and Northumberland Passage, but this time touching women under their skirts, but over their leggings or tights.
One victim said the incident had left her feeling worried about going into town on her own and had affected the way she dressed, now wearing jeans and long coats rather than skirts or dresses.
Jon Palmer, defending, said his client was of previous good character and had been leading a normal teenage life as a keen rugby player, until the crash in April 2006.
The crash, which happened near Bradford on Avon, left Cooper, who was a passenger, fighting for his life in a coma for two months.
Mr Palmer said Cooper had been receiving treatment for his brain injury over the past five years and his parents had requested a neuropsychiatric report, to see if his condition was to blame for his crimes.
Magistrates adjourned the case until January 19 for pre-sentence reports, including one looking at the defendant's medical issues.
Cooper was released on conditional bail, which states he must live with his parents and must not enter Bath unless he has a pre-arranged appointment with the hospital, court or his solicitor.