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Moped pillion passenger jailed for sexual assaults

News   •   Jan 27, 2018 05:30 GMT

Shahan Ali

A man who sexually assaulted two lone women has been jailed for over seven years.

Shahan Ali, 23 (29.12.94) of Shurland Gardens, Willowbrook Estate, Peckham was arrested on 20 November and charged on 21 November.

He pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court on 19 December 2017 to two counts of sexual assault and was sentenced at the same court on Friday, 26 January, to a total of seven-and-a-half years' imprisonment. He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

On the morning of Saturday 11 November 2017, a 19-year-old woman was in Lewisham walking to work when she was followed by a black moped being ridden on the pavement.

The moped followed her as she crossed the road multiple times to get away, before Ali (the pillion passenger) jumped off the bike and pushed the woman against a wall. Ali sexually assaulted the victim and tried unsuccessfully to take her handbag. The woman managed to free herself and ran away, but Ali sexually assaulted her further and then shouted after her.

Ali then jumped onto the moped and the rider (who remained on the moped for the entirety of the assault) drove off.

On Tuesday 14 November 2017, at 01:45hrs, a second 19-year-old woman was in Southwark walking home when a moped rode up behind her and Ali (the pillion passenger) sexually assaulted her. Ali subsequently got off the moped, pushed the woman against a wall and sexually assaulted her whilst making threats towards her.

As two cars passed by, Ali walked away momentarily and the woman escaped, however Ali got back on the moped and chased her down the road, before getting back off the moped and subjecting the woman to a further sexual assault.

After some minutes, Ali returned to the moped and the woman hurried to the nearest doorway. Before the woman could ring the doorbell, Ali approached her for a third time and trapped her in the doorway; making sexual demands and threats towards her. Ali subjected the victim to a further sexual assault for over ten minutes, during which time he physically prevented her from ringing the doorbell or calling for help. Ali wiped the woman with an item, in an apparent calculated attempt to remove DNA evidence.

Ali got back on the moped and the rider (again, who remained on the moped for the entirety of the assaults) drove off.

Detectives from the Met's Venice Investigation Team identified Shahan Ali as a suspect, and a warrant was executed at his home address.

The second suspect, the driver of the moped, remains unknown. He wore a black helmet, balaclava, and black clothing. He drove a black and silver coloured moped.

Detective Constable Henry Vernon, who led the investigation on behalf of the Met's Venice Investigation Team, said: "Shahan Ali and his accomplice targeted lone females and subjected them to protracted sexual assaults. Both men present a potential risk to the public, and although Ali is now imprisoned, I implore anyone with information regarding the driver of the moped to come forward."

The Metropolitan Police Service is committed to tackling violent, sexual and moped enabled crime. We will continue to support victims of sexual assaults and bring their attackers to justice.