Sometimes there some headlines that we think are jokes, and then, we find out that these are very real stories. A British man has been convicted of sexual assault for “touching his lady friend’s breasts too hard during a Tinder hook-up”.
No, that’s not a joke. A junior doctor has been convicted of a “serious but not serious” case of sexual assault after apparently hooking up with a woman (who consented) via the popular dating app Tinder. Phillip Queree, “grabbed her breasts so hard she was left with bruising on the outer parts of her breasts” reads a report by The Sun.
In a written judgement, Magistrate Bridget Shaw said: “I am sure that Miss X withdrew consent for Queree to grab her breasts.
“Queree knew this but continued to do so forcefully, causing the complainant considerable pain. This was an assault.”
What is indecent assault?
Defined in the Sexual Offences Act 1956, it is used to convict people who commit acts of sexual violence that do not constitute rape. While this case is unusual, people should certainly rethink what they may do on apps like Tinder. Queree has now been sentenced to 180 hours of community service per the Magistrates ruling.
Interestingly, Queree has now been placed on the Sexual Offenders Registry. Queree maintains that the woman consented and that he did “nothing wrong”.