Man's indecent assault conviction for grabbing woman's breasts during sex quashed

Phillip Queree.
Phillip Queree. Photo credit: Facebook

An English man convicted of indecent assault for grabbing a woman's breasts during consensual sex has had his conviction quashed.

The original conviction placed Phillip Queree on a sex offenders registry after a trial last August in which a woman accused Mr Queree of using "excessive force" and causing her pain and bruising during intercourse.

Mr Queree, a 37-year-old medical student, met the woman on Tinder and the couple had consensual sex after their second date, according to the Telegraph UK. 

However although she consented to sex, the woman reportedly asked Mr Queree not to touch her breasts. 

Despite this, Mr Queree allegedly repeatedly pulled her hair and roughly grabbed her breasts. 

The woman, who has not been named, told the court during the original trial: 

"I had never experienced anything like this in my life, I had never felt pain in my breasts during sexual intercourse...having my breasts grabbed to me that is not normal behaviour."

Mr Queree's Lawyer Phillip Steenson told the Jersey Royal Court last week that the issue at the heart of the case was the force used and that therefore the proper charge for it was that of "conventional assault", not an indecent one.

Mr Steenson also pointed to the fact that the couple continued to have sex after the woman complained as grounds for overturning the indecent assault conviction. 

His advocate told the court: "Her complaints to the defendant did not amount to a complete prohibition of touching her breasts. She was demanding he was more gentle with her not that he wouldn't touch her breasts at all."

Prosecution lawyer Conrad Yates maintained the assault was indecent and said the original conviction was a "careful reasoned judgement" instead of a "snap" decision. 

The court's judgment, made by Bailiff Sir William Bailhache, was that the original trial "went wrong in a material way" and set aside Mr Queree's conviction.

The exact reasons for the court overturning the original conviction have not yet been made public. 


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