Man gropes policewoman in court
Serial groper Sidney Cooper struck again when he groped a policewoman in court yesterday.
The Nassau Guardian watched the brazen act unfold as Magistrate Samuel McKinney was about to sentence the 43-year-old recidivist for groping an 18-year-old girl in the downtown Nassau area and causing harm to her on June 12, 2019.
Two policemen — a sergeant and assistant superintendent — were standing about three feet from Cooper, who was in front of the prisoner’s bar, when he lunged towards the policewoman as she walked past.
Moments earlier, the sergeant had stopped Cooper from making a beeline towards the woman when he left the witness stand.
Cooper, who was not handcuffed in compliance with court procedure, lunged towards the woman officer, grabbed her from behind and put both hands between her legs.
The woman shrieked and fell to the ground, as she fought him off.
The officers, who were standing nearby, pulled Cooper off the officer and started to stomp him as he tried to grab the woman again.
He was later dragged into the cell block.
This is not the first time that Cooper has fondled a policewoman in court.
He was recently released after serving 18 months in prison for “feeling up” an officer in court number five on March 29, 2016. As in this case, Cooper was in custody at the time.
Before violating his most recent victim, Cooper took the witness stand and admitted to touching the 18-year-old without her consent.
However, he said that he didn’t shove her to the ground and insisted that she fell as she ran.
He said, “I ain’t no sissy. I love women. I never been to court for pushing woman down.”
Cooper told the court that he was headed to a job interview on Potter’s Cay Dock when he saw the teen standing near an SUV on Victoria Avenue.
He recalled, “She wasn’t putting her blouse in her skirt, like she said. Her skirt was pulled up to her waist. I just came out of prison and hadn’t seen a woman in such a long time, my hormones got the better of me.
“I rushed to the scene like a wild animal. I couldn’t resist it. I thought it was an invitation for me. It looked so nice, so sweet; I couldn’t refuse it.”
In cross-examination, the prosecutor asked Cooper to tell the court exactly what he did to the teen victim.
Cooper replied, “I locked on her [word deleted] from the back.”
Asked to clarify, Cooper said, “I grope her. That’s what y’all is call it, right?”
An unrepentant Cooper told the court, “I did what I did. Life is short and I can’t regret it.”
Cooper returns to court later this month for sentencing.