A MAN who sexually assaulted a stranger in a car park after a night out in Selby has been handed a 10-month jail sentence, suspended for two years and ordered to undertake 40 days of rehabilitation activity.

During sentencing, Judge Andrew Stubbs QC, at York Crown Court, told Blessing Dibie that he had taken into account the fact that he was a new father whose daughter was born in May, he had already served the equivalent of 5 months, and had admitted the offence.

The court heard that Dibie, 26, of Exchange Street, Doncaster, formerly of Cochrane Street, Selby, had been drinking in York and then in various bars in Selby on the night of Saturday, November 5.

Prosecuting Mehran Nassiri said that at about 2am in the morning Dibie left The Square Bar and Club with a woman who had invited him to her home for a drink. In a car park near the post office he had kissed her forcefully, pushing her back against a wall and had sexually assaulted her.

The woman asked him what he was doing and to get off her and had run for a taxi and gone home, where she told her father, who reported it to the police.

Chloe Fairley, for Dibie, said the birth of his daughter had been a life-changing event for Dibie and he was genuinely remorseful about what he had done.

Judge Stubbs told Dibie that his "vile behaviour" had an impact on his victim, who was vulnerable,so her confidence had gone and her feeling of security in her town.

As Dibie was sentenced, the father of the assault victim shouted from the back of the court to ask: "What about the girl?"

And: "You weren't there in my kitchen when my daughter came home."