A SCOTS mechanic who sexually assaulted a woman while dressed as Batman at a comic book convention in London has been banned from the city for a year.
William Rory Hazlie assaulted a woman dressed as the caped crusader’s arch enemy Poison Ivy as they posed for pictures at the comic book fair.
Hazlie, 29, from Airdrie, Lanarkshire, groped the victim at the Comic Con event at London’s Kensington Olympia.
The 24-year-old victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was covered in green body paint and wearing wreaths of ivy leaves as part of her costume.
Hazlie was found guilty of one charge of sexual assault at Hammersmith Magistrates Court last month.
When he appeared for sentencing this week he was given a community order banning him from entering the M25 area for a year.
He was also ordered to pay his victim £330 in compensation and £660 in legal costs.
Hazlie was arrested at the scene last July and taken to Fulham police station where he told police he had put his hand on the woman’s buttocks because he slipped and was “maintaining his balance.”
Magistrate Angela Cahill told him: “Mr Hazlie, we have heard the evidence given by you and the victim and we found her evidence to be compelling with a clear and consistent version of events.
“She neither consented nor did you have reason to believe she had consented and we therefore find you guilty in this matter.”
Giving evidence from behind a screen the victim said: “He came over and made a donation and then asked for a photo and pointed at me saying ‘just you’. It’s not unusual for us to pose for individual photos but it was a bit weird the way he said it.
“When we posed for the first photo side by side I said: ‘Oh, that’s a bit’ as he pulled me into him, it made me feel a bit uncomfortable.
“We then posed for another picture and he grabbed my leg. With his other hand he grabbed my bum.”
Hazlie denied the charge of sexual assault saying he had not intentionally groped the woman.
He said: “I asked for her picture because Poison Ivy is a female character from Batman that I liked but I did not point at her.