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Man pleads guilty to sexual offences

News   •   Jun 20, 2020 07:00 BST

[Convicted: Ali Sadek]

A man has been convicted of five sexual offences after targeting lone women along the Regents Canal. 

Ali Sadek, 26 (23.09.93) of no fixed abode appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 19 June charged with:

- Two counts of sexual assault by touching;
- Three counts of exposure;
- One count of possession of cannabis.

He pleaded guilty to all offences, admitting that on separate occasions between Friday, 5 June and Saturday, 13 June he approached three lone women, exposing himself before sexually assaulting them.

The incidents – which took place between St Mark’s Church and The Pirate Castle, NW1 – were quickly linked by police and an investigation launched by officers from Central North CID. 

All three victims were able to provide detailed statements; and officers carried out urgent forensic work, as well as significant CCTV inquiries. The CCTV trawl identified the suspect and Sadek was arrested on Wednesday, 17 June after he was recognised by officers on proactive patrol in the area.

Following a search he was found to be in possession of an amount of cannabis.

Detective Sergeant Natalie O’Farrell, Central North CID, said: “Sadek lacked any remorse for his depraved actions, smirking throughout his ‘no comment’ interview. His victims have been left incredibly shaken by these incidents and fearful of going out alone. We can only be grateful that he pleaded guilty, sparing them added distress. 

“I have no doubt that his offending would have continued had he not been caught and suspect he may well have committed other offences. As such I would appeal to any further victims to come forward by calling 101, quoting Op Chino.”

+ Sadek was remanded in custody be sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on a date to be set.