Man who slapped McDonald's worker's bottom at drive-thru dodges jail

Gardener, 48, who slapped teenage McDonald’s worker’s bottom through drive-thru window when she turned her back is convicted of sexual assault and given 12-month community order

  • Karl Madden reached through his car window to slap the teenager’s bottom 
  • Madden’s sexual assault left the female employee humiliated and unable to work
  • He was sentenced to a community order and told to pay £150 in compensation
  • The 48-year-old gardener once proposed dressed as a knight in shining armour 

A landscape gardener – who once proposed to his lover dressed as a knight in shining armour – sexually assaulted a teenaged McDonald’s worker as he slapped her bottom while being served at a drive-thru.

Pervy Karl Madden reached through his car window and the kiosk and touched the girl, who was left angry and humiliated by Madden’s unwanted advances, Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard. 

The disgraced 48-year-old – who was previously jailed in 2007 for five years after being caught with 5kg of cocaine worth £200,000 – admitted his latest crime when he appeared in court.

Michael Embleton, prosecuting said Madden was in the car going through a McDonald’s driveway, with a passenger, when the incident happened in December last year.

He said: ‘He made his way to the collection window, the victim was under 18. She turned her back to the window.’

Mr Embleton said Madden, of Melrose Avenue, Billingham, then reached through his own car window and in through the window of the drive through kiosk. He said: ‘He assaulted the victim by slapping her on her rear.’

Karl Madden, 48, proved to be no knight in shining armour when he sexually assaulted a teenaged McDonalds worker. Here Madden is pictured in fancy dress during a proposal to his partner in 2012

Madden, who was previously jailed for five years for being a drugs courier, was getting a meal from a drive-thru when he carried out the assault. 

The court was shown CCTV footage of the incident which showed Madden pretending to carry out the act and then actually slapping the teenager’s bottom.

Mr Embleton said: ‘The victim said some cross words to the defendant, which is understandable under the circumstances.’

He said the teenager was so upset by the incident she could not carry on with her shift because she kept thinking about it. 

‘This happened in the victim’s work place, in front of colleagues and friends. She was not only assaulted she has also been embarrassed,’ he added.

Landscape gardener Madden, of Melrose Avenue, Billingham, reached through his car window to slap the teenager’s bottom, leaving her angry and humiliated

Teesside Live previously reported how Madden dressed as a knight – armed with a helmet, sword and cape – in 2012 to propose to his partner. 

Ciara Smith, defending, said Madden had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and that he fully regretted his actions. She said: ‘Mr Madden realises this behaviour is not acceptable in today’s society. He is fully aware of the impact this has had on the victim.’

Ms Smith said the probation report says they rarely see someone so remorseful as her client. She said: ‘It does seem to be an isolated incident.’

Ms Smith added: ‘The defendant has expressed a wish to pay compensation to the victim. He feels this is something he wants to do a way of an apology.’

Madden was given a 12-month community order with 25 rehabilitation activity requirement days. He was ordered to pay £150 in compensation and a £95 victim surcharge.

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