Man sentenced over street sex assaults in Brighton
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A man has been sent to prison for sexual assaults on two women in Brighton city centre, having been arrested thanks to the swift action of a member of the public and patrolling police officers.
Abdullah Rahman, 36, unemployed, of no fixed address, was sentenced to a total of 18 weeks imprisonment at Brighton Magistrates Court on 19 April, having admitted two offences of sexual assault by touching over clothing and one offence of indecent exposure.
The first incident happened in London Road shortly before midday on Monday 15 March and the other one in nearby Trafalgar Road a few minutes later.
In each case Rahman approached the women and sexually assaulted them before walking off. In the first case he also exposed himself to the victim.
As the first victim was talking to police officers a man passing by realised what was happening, himself helped to search the area and spotted Rahman nearby in the process of talking to other women who were strangers to him. He was immediately arrested
Detective Sergeant Jenny Pietersen of Brighton CID said; “This swift police and public response ensured that Rahman was soon in custody and that no further women were assaulted.
"He had little choice but to admit his guilt and justice has been swiftly done."