A Big Issue seller sexually assaulted a shopper - 10 days after being arrested for having sex on the steps of St George鈥檚 Hall.

Cosmin Man ran up an escalator at St John鈥檚 Shopping Precinct, in the city centre, and then smacked the woman on the bottom on November 29 last year.

Man was on bail following his arrest for outraging public decency when he assaulted the woman, who he had never seen before.

The 28-year-old, of no fixed address, was convicted of sexual assault following a trial at Liverpool Magistrates鈥?Court in March, which he failed to attend, and was today jailed for six months.

District judge Andrew Shaw, passing sentence, said: 鈥淭he sexual assault was very public and flagrant offending, it was wildly disinhibited behaviour causing great offence and distress to your victim,

鈥淲hat makes it more unusual and more disinhibited behaviour is the fact it occurred 10 days after you had been arrested for the offence of outraging public decency.?/p>

The court heard Man was later sentenced to a community order with unpaid work requirements for the original offence.

Jiro Asafa, prosecuting, told the court: 鈥淭he offence took place at St John鈥檚 Shopping Precinct. The defendant was there selling the Big Issue.

鈥淭he female victim was making her way up the escalator, when the defendant ran up the escalator behind her and smacked her on the bum, an incident captured on CCTV.?/p>

Big Issue seller Cosmin Man, 28, of no fixed address, slapped a woman on the bottom at St John's Shopping Precinct. He was jailed for six months.

The court heard after assaulting the woman Man ran back downstairs but remained in the shopping centre.

Ms Asafa said: 鈥淭he victim could be seen clearly in shock. She continued up the escalator and stood at the top contemplating what next to do. She then goes back downstairs and confronts the defendant, but as she speaks to him he motions towards her, and she steps back clearly in fear of what he may do.?/p>

The court also heard about a separate offence of assault, committed on December 27, where Man kicked and punched another woman following an argument with her boyfriend, causing a cut to her head.

Ms Asafa said Man had no previous convictions for sexual offences, but had been convicted of possessing a knife in a public place.

Keiran Fielding, defending, told the court: 鈥淚t鈥檚 clear that there is a background of alcohol abuse to each of these offences.?/p>

He said the public would be better protected by ordering Man to work with the Probation Service to address his behaviour, rather than sending him immediately to prison.

But Judge Shaw said he had read a probation report which described Man鈥檚 attitude towards his offending as 鈥渂lasé?

He said: 鈥淭hey tell me you have the potential to inflict serious harm, although you are not an immediate risk. They tell me you don鈥檛 grasp the reality in regards to your offending.?/p>

Judge Shaw ordered Man to sign the sex offenders鈥?register for seven years.