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UK: Student tried to sexually assault woman, arrested after CCTV operator spotted crime by chance

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 7 May 2020, 9:05 IST

In shocking news has come to light from United Kingdom’s east London where a student caught on camera while trying to sexually assault a woman.

He has been jailed for four years for committing the heinous crime against a woman at an east London bus stop.

The accused has been identified as Rami Othmane (21), who hails from Sicily, Italy, but living in Hackney at the time of the criminal offence, standard.co.uk reports said. Meanwhile, he has been sent to prison for attempted rape on Wednesday after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing at Wood Green Crown Court.

How the matter came to notice:

According to the standard.co.uk, it was by chance that the CCTV control room saw Othmane attempting to force himself onto a woman at a bus stop in Allerton Road, on January 22 at around 4 am.

After seeing the assault, the control room immediately alerted the Police, and officers went to the crime spot. However, Othmane had already left the area.

Reportedly, the victim didn’t wish the assault case should be reported but due to the seriousness of the offence, hence, officers decided to launch an investigation.

Police tracked the accused man through the help of CCTV and trawled addresses in the vicinity to see if residents recognized him.

Othmane was caught by the police with the help of footage and he was charged with attempted rape on January 31. According to Investigation lead Detective Constable Dave Barrett said: “It is with huge thanks to the diligent CCTV operator who spotted this alarming
incident and immediately called police, allowing the officers to act quickly and locate the victim and ultimately put this man behind bars.”

“We fully respect the victim’s decision not to make a report but we hope today’s outcome proves that we took this incident, like all sexual offences, extremely seriously and will work tirelessly to trace those who think they can commit atrocious crimes such as this," Barrett told.

He also added that Othmane is a dangerous man and could also harm others if he wasn’t apprehended.

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First published: 7 May 2020, 8:57 IST