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Man convicted of sexual assault in Southwark

News   •   Feb 10, 2020 19:52 GMT

William Gordon, 34

A man has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in Southwark.

On Monday, 10 February, William Gordon, 34 (11.8.1985) of Churchyard Row SE1 was found guilty of one count of sexual assault, four counts of assault by penetration and two counts of common assault by beating, following a six day trial at the Old Bailey.

He will be sentenced on a date to be confirmed.

The court heard that at approximately 00:15hrs on Tuesday, 6 August 2019, Gordon followed the victim as she walked along Larcom Street to Charleston Street and sexually assaulted her for the first time.

The victim managed to get away and Gordon chased her to Cotham Street where further assaults took place.

The court heard how throughout the attack the victim called out and continued to try and fight Gordon off.

Her cries alerted people in nearby houses to what was taking place and the police were called. Gordon fled the scene.

Detectives from the Met’s Central South Command Unit launched an investigation immediately.

A media appeal prompted a number of calls that identified Gordon.

He was arrested on Tuesday, 20 August 2019 and denied any involvement in the attack.

Detectives discovered that Gordon had followed three other lone women that same night in the lead up to the incident. Officers also found that Gordon had followed a woman a week prior to carrying out this attack.

Detective Inspector Sharon Steel of the Central South Command Unit, said: “At every opportunity Gordon has failed to acknowledge any wrong-doing and has instead chosen to put both the victim and witnesses in this case through a full trial.

“William Gordon is a manipulative sexual predator who poses a serious danger to women and today the jury have rightfully convicted him. That night he was clearly targeting lone women before he carried out this prolonged attack.

“I would especially like to commend the bravery of the victim in this case, she has helped to make sure that this dangerous offender has been rightfully convicted on all seven counts.”