A DYING pensioner known as ‘dodgy Dave’ who exposed himself to a widow and groped the breasts of teenage girls has been spared jail because of poor health.

David Banks of Minge Lane, Upton, admitted indecent exposure against a woman in her home. The offence placed the 79-year-old in breach of a suspended sentence for fondling the breasts of two 16-year-old girls.

Daniel White, prosecuting at Worcester Crown Court on Thursday, said Banks entered the home of an ‘inebriated’ widow on April 19, 2016 and exposed himself, telling her: “Look at this. Have you ever seen one this size?”

The woman took a knife from a kitchen drawer and told him to get out, calling him ‘filthy’.

When police arrested him he said: “I can’t believe she’s doing this.”

The offence placed him in breach of six month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months for sexual assaults against two 16-year-olds. The suspended sentence was imposed on February 12, 2016.

Mr White said the girls knew the defendant as ‘dodgy Dave’ and he offered to have a foursome though the other man he was with, also called Dave, did not want to get involved.

Mr White said Banks said he could guess the weight of one of the girls by touching her breasts.

“He reached forward to take hold of her chest and jiggled her breasts and said ‘they’re a good pair’. She said ‘what the hell?’ and swiftly moved away.”

Banks did the same to the other girl despite her arms being folded across her chest.

Alexandra Bull, for Banks, said the widow no longer wished to support proceedings against the defendant because of his health.

Miss Bull asked judge not to send the father-of-four, grandfather-of-eight and great grandfather-of-three to prison as this would inevitably mean he would die in custody. “He has a matter of months left to live” she said.

Judge Nicolas Cartwright said: “For some bizarre reason you committed a sexual assault upon two 16-year-old girls by creating or manufacturing a situation in which you were able to touch their breasts over their clothing.”

Had Banks been well, the judge would have jailed him for five months and said all credit had evaporated as he pleaded guilty on the day of trial and then applied to vacate his plea.

Judge Cartwight sentenced him to five months in prison suspended for two years. He said in the circumstances it would be unjust to activate the suspended sentence but attached a three month curfew to run daily between 8pm and 6am. Banks must also pay £1,200 costs.