A SEX offender who assaulted a woman in a Portsmouth nightclub has been given a three-month weekend curfew.
Basim Saleh Salem was found guilty of sexual assault and assault on a 19-year-old woman at Liquid and Envy nightclub in January when he appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court in August.
I don’t feel as comfortable going on nights out any more.The victim
He had pleaded not guilty.
The 23-year-old has now been sentenced to an 11-month community order at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court and also has been given a curfew order from 6pm to 6am from Thursday to Sunday for three months. He was also ordered to pay £285.
The court heard that the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was touched on the leg in the smoking area outside and was later assaulted on the dancefloor by Basim.
The victim, who was out celebrating her friend’s birthday, also said that her dress was pulled up which exposed her underwear.
Basim had been talking to the woman and her friends in the smoking area.
He claimed that he played for the Saudi Arabia national football team when he was talking to the woman.
As she went to leave, he started touching her leg and then lifted her dress.
The woman admitted punching Basim in self-defence, which knocked him to the ground.
She then encountered Basim, of St Thomas Street, Portsea, later in the night on the dancefloor where he grabbed her left arm and left her with severe bruising.
The woman broke down in tears as she told the court how the assault had affected her life.
She said: ‘I don’t feel as comfortable going on nights out any more.
‘My boyfriend was really supportive but at the time I struggled to have an intimate relationship.’
Andrew Newman, prosecuting, also reminded the court that the victim became scared when she spotted Basim out in a club when she was working as a promoter.