Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police
A man has been jailed after pleading guilty to attempted rape.
Omar Mehmoul, 31 [16.03.89] of Chatsworth Road, Hayes, appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Thursday, 22 October where having previously pleaded guilty, he was sentenced to two years imprisonment.
Mehmoul was identified following a media appeal and was arrested by officers from the Met’s Central East Command Unit on Monday, 13 April. He was subsequently charged on Tuesday, 14 April with assault with intent to commit rape under section 62 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
At Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, 11 September he entered a guilty plea for sexual assault under section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and was bailed for sentencing as above.
On Saturday, 7 March, at 05:35hrs, the 22-year-old female victim was walking home from work along Hoxton Street, N1.
Mehmoul followed the victim until she was on her own before approaching her twice. The victim made it very clear that she wanted nothing to do with him and he chased her across the street, grabbing her from behind before pushing her to the ground and covering her body with his own. He then sexually assaulted her.
The victim’s screams alerted a local resident who began to shout from their window, prompting Mehmoul to run away.
Detective Constable Duncan Brown, investigating said: “The victim in this case was incredibly brave in her efforts to fight off her attacker, as was the resident who made the decision to shout from the window of her flat nearby.
“Had Mehmoul not been interrupted, this incident, although a very serious offence, may have had a far more sinister outcome.
“I sincerely hope that the victim can move forward with her life putting the despicable actions of Mehmoul behind her.”