Attacker is jailed for late-night sexual assault in Portsmouth

JAILED Ali Ahmadi
JAILED Ali Ahmadi
A police car parked outside Catherine House in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth, earlier tonight. Picture: Byron Melton

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A SEX attacker who followed a woman through a darkened churchyard and pounced on her is today behind bars.

Ali Ahmadi pinned his victim against a fence as she walked home alone after a night out. He grabbed her face and said ‘give me a kiss and I will go away’.

Ahmadi, 21, then indecently assaulted her outside City of Portsmouth Girls’ School in St Mary’s Road, Fratton.

Louisa Bagley, prosecuting at Portsmouth Crown Court, said the victim walked through nearby St Mary’s churchyard alone on the night of the attack: ‘She could see straight through to St Mary’s Road,’ she said.

‘She could see there was no-one else around and therefore thought that she would be safe.’

But Ahmadi, of Clive Road, Fratton, pursued her after spotting her from his silver Nissan car nearby shortly after 3.30am on February 27.

He approached her in the churchyard, but the victim told him to go away. Moment later Ahmadi reappeared outside the school and attacked her.

The victim fought back, punching and scratching Ahmadi. She left a scratch on his neck before struggling free and running home. Her flatmate dialled 999 and Ahmadi was later arrested. Stephen Smyth, defending, said Ahmadi may have ‘misread the signs.’ He said: ‘On this particular night this lady described herself seven out of 10 drunk and she didn’t take a taxi because she thought she would be safe.

‘She was also wearing a short kilt skirt and boots.’

Former asylum seeker Ahmadi, who has no previous convictions, admitted sexual assault. He was jailed for 12 months.

Judge Peter Henry, sentencing, said: ‘The fact that a young lady gets drunk can never be taken as a sign that she’s prepared to have a sexual encounter with a total stranger. The fact that she was wearing a short skirt can never be taken for such a sign.’

Ahmadi must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.