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Coventry man, 64, who followed young mum into her home and assaulted her jailed after defying order

Correspondent 3rd Jan, 2017 Updated: 3rd Jan, 2017

A MAN who escaped being jailed for sexually assaulting a woman after following her into her home has been jailed for breaching an order to stay away from her.

In blatant defiance of the court order, Mohammed Bashir walked straight up to his victim as she waited outside a school and smirked in her face before walking off.

The judge who had imposed the order jailed him for four months at Warwick Crown Court.

Bashir (64) of Parkville Highway, Holbrooks, Coventry, had denied breaching a restraining order made in March, but was found guilty following a trial.

Prosecutor Ian Windridge said the original offence in December last year involved Bashir following a young woman and her daughter into their home.

“He offered her money, which was declined. He then touched her to her breast and again offered her money. He then, in front of her daughter, tried to kiss her and to hug her.”

Bashir then left, and the woman, who was in her 20s, called the police about the bizarre but frightening incident.

Following his arrest Bashir denied sexually assaulting her, but was found guilty by magistrates who had then committed him to the crown court where he was sentenced in March.

He was given a three-year community sentence with unpaid work and other ‘requirements’ and made subject to the restraining order.

But on June 27 the woman and her daughter were outside the gates of a school in Holbrooks with a friend who was waiting for her child to come out of the school, when she noticed Bashir.

When Bashir was interviewed by the police he agreed he was aware of the order, but said he had been to the hospital that day, and was walking past the school on his way home after getting off the bus.

And he claimed he did not see the woman or her daughter, and denied approaching her or laughing in her face.

Judge Richard Griffith-Jones, who imposed the original sentence, commented: “It has all the hallmarks of someone defying the order and effectively saying there’s nothing anyone can do.

“But when confronted with such defiance of an order, I know what I’m going to do.”

Simon Hunka, defending, conceded: “By his behaviour Mr Bashir has placed himself in a very difficult position indeed.

“It was a breach very soon after the imposition of the order, but there are some who breach them virtually the moment they walk out of court.

“He continues to deny it, and there’s nothing to suggest he was not on his way home at the time, and this incident was not a sexual one.”

Mr Hunka said Bashir plays ‘quite an important role in his household,’ supporting his wife who has suffered two heart attacks and who broke her back last year.

Jailing Bashir, but ordering the original sentence to continue after his release, Judge Griffith-Jones told him: “People must understand that court orders disobeyed will be treated in a condign fashion (meaning punishment).”

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