Sexual predator faces jail

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A SEXUAL predator who attacked two women in a nightclub and a young mother, is facing jail.

Rasul Abdullah (31) had sexually assaulted his first two victims on the same night, last November, in Pharoah’s in Burnley.

He had been bailed and had then struck again, molesting his third target after locking her and her baby in his house in Brierfield, Burnley Crown Court was told.

Abdullah was convicted by a jury of assault by penetration and two counts of sexual assault. The defendant, of Cambridge Street, had denied the allegations against him during a four-day trial. He had claimed the two nightclub victims had been mistaken or lying and alleged the third woman had been after sex.

The defendant, an Iraqi national said to have indefinite leave to remain in this country, was remanded in custody for reports and will be sentenced at the end of August.

He was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register and a sexual offences prevention order may also be made when he is sentenced.

Mr Joe Boyd (prosecuting) had told the court Abdullah had put his hand up two women’s skirts in separate incidents in the club. Two months later, in January, he asked the third woman, who was pushing her child in a pram, into his house and tried to kiss, hug and touch her as she fought to push him off. All the victims were very distressed by their ordeals and feared seeing their attacker again.

The prosecutor said Abdullah had been a “dangerous sexual predator” who had been out of control and a menace to women at the time of the offences.

Mr Boyd told the hearing that in her victim personal statement, one of the victims told how she was now afraid to go out with her friends. She said she was usually a confident person, but the assault had left her very shaken.

The young mother had told in her statement how she no longer went out or interacted with anybody and was frightened of coming across the defendant in case he assaulted her again.

Recorder Nick Clarke QC, who said he would have to consider the issue of dangerousness, when he passed sentence, told the defendant: “I have a responsibility to deal with you in a way that punishes you and protects the public in future.”

“The prosecution have described you as a sexual predator and that’s certainly the way you behaved in the latter part of 2011 and early part of 2012. This is a case which will inevitably lead to a prison sentence.”

Before he was taken from the court dock, Abdullah told the judge, through his Kurdish-speaking interpreter, that he wanted to be sent back to Iraq. He said: “I don’t want to stay in this country anymore.”