Reading man jailed for assaulting two women in underpass.
An hour after approaching the first woman, he assaulted a second woman and pulled her to the floor
A man from Reading has been jailed for five and a half years after sexually assaulting two women as they walked through an underpass.
On the evening of August 30, 2016, Biat Idriss Deen-Kamara, 26, formerly of Granville Road, approached two different women in the underpass which links to Bath Road.
He approached the first woman and tried to engage her in conversation, which she declined and continued to walk. He then grabbed hold of the victim but she managed to get away.
Around an hour later, Deen-Kamara approached a second woman from behind in the underpass and pulled her to the floor. He attempted to sexually assault her but she managed to stop him.
He ran off but was detained by members of the public soon after.
On August 30, he was charged with one count of assault with intent to commit a sexual offence and one count of attempted assault.
He was due to stand trial on January 26, 2017 but admitted the charges on the day.
He appeared at Reading Crown Court on Thursday, February 23 where he was sentenced for the sexual offences and is subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order upon his release. He will also have to sign the sex offenders register for life.
Investigating officer Det Con Robert Simpson-Jones said: “On the day of trial, Deen-Kamara pleaded guilty to the serious offences that he had committed.
“He is an offender who approached two women from behind and attacked them whilst they were on their own, and his sentence has reflected this.
“I would like to pay tribute to the victims for the bravery they have shown during this investigation, and I am pleased they will not have to go through the added ordeal of having to give evidence at court.
“I would also like to thank all those members of the public who apprehended the offender on scene until police arrived, and those who came forward with information during our investigation which ultimately helped us to bring the case to court.”