A Scottish charity shop magnate found guilty of sexually abusing a vulnerable customer by licking his hand and saying ‘let’s see your wife’.
Peter Martini-Yates worked as a manager at the Debra store in Dunfermline, Fife. slop Between March and October 2019.
The 55-year-old, who calls herself ‘Aunt Peter’, got to know the young man after visiting the store regularly with his girlfriend.
a try Dunfermline Sheriff’s Court Martini-Yates was told how he once called the 18-year-old “p****-fart.”
The witness, who had learning difficulties, said he did not know the meaning of the word until he asked his father.
Matters came to a head when Martini-Yates, now 20, tried to lick her hand, she said.
He then said, “Let’s see your wife.” As the customer leaves, the manager asks, “So no sex?” said.
When asked how he felt afterwards, the man replied, “He was playing with my dignity. I was embarrassed to tell my wife and family.”
She had reported the incident to the charity’s regional manager, Michelle Scott.
Ms. Scott, 59, told the court she was phoned by the client and was “quite shocked” by what she heard.
When she confronted Martini-Yates with the allegations the following week, she admitted to making the “unsavory” comment.
“She was embarrassed and said, ‘This is bad, isn’t it?’ said. He couldn’t say why he did it.”
She refused to comment “no sex” but was suspended from her job and later fired.
The jury also found Martini-Yates guilty of showing a second young man a pornographic video before masturbating in front of the volunteer.
The crime took place between November 1 and December 2015 while working at Sense Scotland in Dunfermline.
The worker’s mother, who needed additional support, said that she told him about the incident the day it happened and described herself as “agitated”.
Former volunteer Mandy Clark, 59, said she was concerned that Martini-Yates asked a young male volunteer to kiss her at the end of each shift.
Joyce Brown, 66, another former store employee, described Martini-Yates as a “flashy and sometimes exaggerated” character who regularly talks about masturbation and jokes about a young worker’s penis at the store.
In his testimony, Martini-Yates accused both teenagers of lying in court.
She claimed that the “f*ck” comment was meant as a joke and that she wasn’t trying to lick the man’s hand. She said she took his hand to look at her ring.
He refused to comment “no sex” and said there was nothing in the basement with the volunteer.
Sheriff Charles Macnair requested a report and bail continued.
Martini-Yates has been placed on the sex offenders registry and will be sentenced on November 18.
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