Hilton Hotel masseur who told a hen night bride he would do something ‘special’ to relax her seconds before molesting her has been jailed for eight years.
The woman was the second that 34-year-old Mohamed El-Alfie had groped between the legs that day and the third in total, Isleworth Crown Court heard.
El-Alfie, of Hammersmith, London, was convicted of preying on the two women at the hotel’s Kallima spa in Syon Park, Brentford, on January 2, 2015.
He was also found guilty of a similar allegation involving the third woman, aged 33, at The Happiness Centre, in Shepherd’s Bush, London, on September 12, 2012.
Mohamed El-Alfie, a 34-year-old from Hammersmith, London, was convicted of preying three women while giving them massages at spas between 2012 and 2015
Prosecutor Alisdair Smith told the jury that the bride, aged 48, already felt ‘exposed’ due to the small towel available for her hen night massage.
‘Mr. El-Alfie uncovered her breasts and massaged them and asked if she wanted a ‘special massage’ something that would make her feel very relaxed,’ Mr Smith said.
He then groped her between the legs.
‘She says she felt like a rabbit in the headlights and she put her hand on his and said: ‘That’s enough’,’ Mr Smith said.
He added: ‘Earlier the same day a mother and daughter visited the spa and the mother, aged 45, was massaged by Mr El-Alfie.
‘He moved her legs slightly apart before slipping his hand between them. He pushed his fingers inside her four or five times.
‘She said: ‘You have got to stop that right now’ and he said he just wanted to pleasure her.’
After speaking with her family, the woman reported El-Alfie to the police, who questioned the masseur.
He described the mother as ‘odd’ and ‘fishy’ insisting: ‘There’s no way I’m going to touch someone. I’m married and massage women everyday.’
As a result police reopened an investigation from over two years earlier when a married cyclist claimed she was similarly molested by El-Alfie after booking a sports massage.
‘He asked her to take her pants off and she was rather surprised that he just pulled them down and right off,’ explained Mr. Smith.
‘He massaged her inner thigh and in doing so touched her intimately five to six times and that touching began to make her feel uncomfortable.
‘At one stage he was on top of the table sat astride her and asked if she had a boyfriend and she said she was married.’
The woman told the defendant – who likes to be known as Alfie: ‘No. I don’t think so. If I wanted that sort of massage I wouldn’t be here. Do it again and I’ll report you.’
The woman was flipped onto her back and again El-Alfie touched her between the legs, the jury were told.
‘He massaged her breasts without really asking her and afterwards asked if she would go for a drink with him,’ Mr Smith said.
The woman refused to pay, saying she did not expect to be: ‘Felt up’ and reported Mr. El-Alfie to the police.
He was also found guilty of a similar allegation involving the third woman, aged 33, at The Happiness Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, London, on September 12, 2012.
She told the jury: ‘He was very close, I could hear his heavy breathing. He was pushing the towel further up as he came up my leg.
‘There was a definite motion and his hand touched me intimately. It was not accidental, it was not a slipping of oil.
‘It felt like fingertips running up with some pressure and there was some movement inside.
‘He shrugged and smirked as if to say: ‘I’ve tried it on. What are you making a fuss about?’
‘He said: ‘I don’t do this all the time, but you’re very beautiful.”
Without any further evidence El-Alfie was not initially charged in relation to that complainant.
He was convicted of one count of sexually assaulting the bride, one count of assault by penetration in relation to the mother and sexually assaulting the cyclist.
He will remain on the sex offenders register indefinitely and the court made him subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, prohibiting him working as a masseur.
After the verdicts El-Alfie became aggressive and shouted at the majority-female jury that they had only convicted him due to their sex, a protest he initiated at the start of the trial without success.
Detective Inspector Rory Wilkinson of the Metropolitan Police’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said: ‘El Alfie targeted women he encountered through his job as a masseur, abusing his role to carry out these attacks.
‘His sentence of eight years reflects the seriousness of the offences he committed.’