A MAN who sexually assaulted a woman on her way home on New Year’s Eve 2010 has been sentenced to 32 months imprisonment.
Tahmoor Abid Hussain, of Princess Street, Nelson, who was 19 at the time of the offence, appeared at Burnley Crown Court today after pleading guilty to sexual assault by penetration at an earlier hearing.
Hussain approached the 28-year-old victim who was walking home alone around 8pm on Friday, December 31st, 2010 near to Gannow Top, Burnley.
He started speaking to her before pushing her to the ground and subjecting her to a 20 minute attack before she managed to escape.
PC Jane Gregson said: “This was a nasty, unprovoked attack on a young lady who was simply walking home.
“Hussain maintained his innocence throughout the case, insisting he was the victim of mistaken identity. However, following lengthy investigations and extensive evidence gathering, he finally admitted his involvement in this violent crime and will now have to face the consequences of his actions.
“Fortunately his guilty plea meant that his victim did not have to endure giving evidence in court.”