Published: 08:28, 07 February 2019
| Updated: 13:33, 08 February 2019
A woman who tasered a man with Asperger’s syndrome for “looking at her breasts” has been jailed for 16 months.
Victim Lee Pearson told Maidstone Crown Court he was going to the library in Northumberland Road in Maidstone last May when 29-year-old Hollie Baker, who he had known for about a year, came up behind him.
“The next thing I knew she tasered me on the back,” said the 42-year-old. “I was terrified. I ran down the road and called the police.”
The kick boxing and karate enthusiast told officers: “She thought it was funny. It was like being stabbed.
“It was horrifying.”
This week, Baker, of Drawbridge Close, admitted assault by beating and possessing an electrical incapacitating device, but disputed some of the facts.
She said she obtained the taser for protection after she was struck by a man, and would take it with her when she walked her dog late at night.
She said: “I wanted him to step back and not be so close. I asked him to move back many times. He was looking at my breasts quite a lot.
“I jabbed him in the side and said: ‘Get away from me.’ I ran home in tears to my partner. It was ‘Oh my god, what have I done?’”
Questioned by Ian Foinette, defending, Mr Pearson denied he had been looking at Baker in a sexual way.
He said. “I wasn’t standing close to her. I was talking to her about my Asperger’s syndrome.”
Questioned by prosecutor John Fitzgerald, Baker denied knowing the victim had difficulties and that one of the symptoms was that he would get too close to people at times.
Mr Fitzgerald suggested that Baker left her flat to “have a go at him”.
He told her: “You had a new toy. You knew he was vulnerable. You were fed up with him invading your personal space and you jabbed him in the back.”
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