Saturday, April 13, 2013
A Somali national, who was granted asylum in the UK, has been jailed for four years for attempting to sexually assault a woman at knifepoint.
Belfast Crown Court heard that Abdi Osman, 24, met
his soon-to-be-victim outside Thompson's nightclub in the city centre on
21 January, 2010 and after moaning about having nowhere to go, she told
him he could sleep on the sofa of her apartment.
lawyer Kate McKay told the court how Osman made numerous advances
towards the girl, telling her he "always wanted an Irish girl" but she
told him she was not interested as she was a lesbian.
continued, saying that in spite of this, after the victim had gone to
bed, Osman crept into her bedroom and tried again - but when she refused
this time "he produced a knife."
A struggle ensued and eventually Osman was put out of the flat.
investigating the incident identified him from CCTV footage and managed
to arrest him a week later just as he was about to board a flight to
Osman, originally from Somalia but with an address at the
Cromwell Road in Belfast, was interviewed about the attack and denied
But, he later pleaded guilty to offences of false imprisonment and attempted sexual assault.
QC Gavan Duffy told the court that Osman's background was very tragic
in that his father and siblings were slaughtered in the civil unrest in
his home country, but that other family members clubbed together to send
him to the UK where he arrived in 2007 and was granted permanent
The offence, claimed the lawyer, was out of character for
Osman who has been working in various jobs since coming to Belfast and
has a clear criminal record.
Judge Corinne Philpott QC ordered
Osman to spend a year in custody and the rest on supervised licence
conditions, telling him the incident would have been a "very frightening
experience" for his victim.
"She offered you somewhere to stay
but that was all she was offering you," the judge told Osman adding that
despite her clear boundaries, "you took it upon yourself to assume that
because she was offering you somewhere to stay she would be interested
in your advances."
As well as the jail term, Osman was ordered to sign the police sex offenders' register for an indefinite period.