Soldier, 26, who sexually assaulted two female Gunners aged 17 and 20 at Army barracks after sharing seven bottles of gin and two crates of beer with friends is jailed for two years
- Wiliame Mataitini attacked victims at Alanbrooke Barracks, in North Yorkshire
- Court heard he even told one of the women he could ‘sense they were scared’
- He admitted four charges of battery and three of sexual assault at military court
A soldier who sexually assaulted two female Gunners aged 17 and 20 at an Army barracks after sharing seven bottles of gin and two crates of beer with friends has been jailed for two years.
Gunner Wiliame Mataitini attacked his victims at 4am after entering the wrong accommodation at Alanbrooke Barracks, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire.
A Fijian national who recently learned his grandfather was unwell back in Asia, he even told one of the young women he could ‘sense they were scared’, a court was told.
Gnr Mataitini was sent to military prison for two years and dismissed from the military after pleading guilty to four charges of battery and three charges of sexual assault at Bulford Military Court, Wiltshire.
Gunner Wiliame Mataitini attacked his victims at 4am after entering the wrong accommodation at Alanbrooke Barracks, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire
Gnr Mataitini was sent to military prison for two years and dismissed from the military after pleading guilty to four charges of battery and three charges of sexual assault at Bulford Military Court, Wiltshire
The 26-year-old, who was in 19th Royal Artillery regiment until his dismissal, saluted the board as he was also placed on the sex offenders register for five years.
Prosecutor Derek Reed told the court: ‘The two women were the only people in the flat at the time. The older victim was awoken by her door swinging open and slamming shut.
‘Gunner Mataitini stumbled into the room, wearing a t-shirt and shorts, pointed at her, stumbled over to her and collapsed on top of her.
‘She asked him to get off her, the only response she got off him was a humming noise.’
Mr Reed said she managed to get away but was ‘shaken’ by the incident, so went into the younger woman’s room but he then followed her in.
The court heard he grabbed the older victim’s wrist and asked her whether she was scared, telling her he could ‘sense they were scared’.
He then grabbed the younger victim by the wrist and took off his t-shirt and shorts, sitting on the bed in only his boxers.
Mr Reed said he wrapped his arm around the younger girl and ‘his grip was so strong she couldn’t move at all’.
Mataitini then tried to force his hand inside the 17 year old’s shorts while constantly kissing the bottom of her back. The girl complained to her friend ‘he’s touching me up’ and tried to push his hand away.
He again wrapped his hand around the younger victim and grabbed her breasts while whispering in her ear ‘I want to lick you’.
The court, pictured, heard he grabbed the older victim’s wrist and asked her whether she was scared, telling her he could ‘sense they were scared’
She managed to elbow him in the face and get out of the room, before finding a Lance Bombardier who tried to intervene but was shoved away by Mataitini.
The 17 year old victim said in a statement that she still makes sure all the doors are locked because she is ‘worried he might come in through the side windows and do it again’.
The older victim said she had sought mental health treatment and been prescribed sleeping tablets as a result, adding: ‘I constantly lock my bedroom door, I have lost a bit of trust serving in the Army and I debated signing off.’
Reuben Scott, representing Gnr Mataitini, told the court he ‘feels sorry for the two ladies who suffered as a result of his offending’.
He described the night of drinking as ‘a misguided attempt by his mates’ to take his mind off his ill grandfather and said he had subsequently stopped drinking alcohol completely.
Sentencing, Judge Advocate General Alan Large said: ‘On the night you committed these offences you were drinking very heavily indeed.
‘You may have been very drunk and you may have gone in to their block mistakenly. But by the stage you were at you knew very well you were in control of two frightened young women.
‘You are a large, powerful man and you decided to sexually assault them both.’
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