An illegal immigrant facing deportation after a sex attack told police he tripped and grabbed the victim to steady himself.
Harjeet Chumber, 34, attacked the woman at a shop in West Lancashire on May 10 last year.
Chumber was jailed for 14 months after pleading guilty to sexual assault.
Robert Dudley, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court: “He bit her lip and neck, put his hand up her top and put his hand inside her pants.
“He touched the woman’s bare skin but did not make contact with more intimate areas.
“She tried to push him away and screamed at him to stop. She pushed out and managed to get away from him.
“She told police she may have clipped him in the face.”
The woman left the shop and ran straight home before telling her boyfriend and police were called, reports the Liverpool Echo.