A man has been jailed for kidnapping and sexually assaulting an injured woman who fell down the steps of a central London tube station.
Harif Abbas, 31, was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday for the 2019 attack.
The court had previously heard that Abbas approached an injured 19-year-old woman at Bond Street tube station on the morning of June 16, 2019.
The teenager had fallen down the stairs around 6am, sustaining a broken wrist and a head injury that exposed her skull.
Abbas offered to help the woman and, putting on a safety vest, led her out of the train station. He explored a basement of a nearby building, escorted the injured teenager there and sexually assaulted her.
Abbas unknowingly set off a silent alarm after entering the building. Police attended and found Abbas standing behind the victim, his hands under her clothing and the fly of his jeans open.
The Southwark Crown Court judge told Abbas, of Nightingale Road in Haringey: “I have no doubt that if you had not been present at the moment you would have committed a more serious sexual assault.”
Nigel Pacquette of the Metropolitan Police said the ruling was “completely the right outcome to ensure other women are protected from it”.
DC Pacquette said: “The young lady targeted by Abbas has been incredibly brave, determined and patient throughout this investigation and trial.
“She no longer lives in the UK and was forced to return to the UK and self-quarantine to attend the trial due to Abbas’ not guilty plea. I applaud her actions in helping to keep other women safe from this man’s perverted attentions.”
DC Pacquette added: “Abbas traveled on the Tube network wearing a highly visible tabard that would give the impression that he was a TfL employee. Given that he was unemployed, that was worrying in itself, but his actions toward the victim were even more sinister.”
Abbas wore the safety vest from a previous job conducting bus interviews. He told detectives he wore it when he went running or in case there was “an accident or something.”
DC Pacquette said: “It is unfortunate to take advantage of a seriously injured woman, especially at a time when she is in urgent need of medical attention. Fortunately, the quick thinking of the officers who responded to the alarm call ensured that Abbas was arrested at the scene.
“He was calculating and predatory and the verdict is absolutely the right outcome to ensure other women are protected from him.”
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/man-jailed-for-kidnapping-and-sexually-assaulting-injured-woman-who-fell-down-tube-station-stairs-41843871.html Man jailed for kidnapping and sexually assaulting an injured woman who fell down the stairs of a subway station