Man jailed for 12 months for two Tooting sex assaults – three days after they happened

A man who sexually assaulted two women in the street on New Year’s Day has been jailed for a year.

Mohammed Abedin, 32, of Montana Road, Tooting, was sentenced at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court for two sexual assaults on two female victims on Tuesday, 1 January – committed minutes apart.

Both incidents happened yards from his home in Upper Tooting Road, Tooting.

In both cases, he approached the women, who were not known to him, tried to engage them in conversation, and committed the sexual assaults.

The first called police who were able to track him down and grab him – and he was in court the following day.

Abedin appeared at court on Wednesday, 2 January, where he admitted to two counts of sexual assault and possession of cannabis, and was sentenced to a total of one year imprisonment.

He will also be placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years. The court heard that Abedin had a history of similar offending.

DS James Massey of the South West Command unit who led the investigation, said: “Abedin is a prolific offender, and has shown that he is a risk to women.

“Due to the first victim quickly reporting the incident and then identifying him with officers present, he was detained very quickly. The following day he was jailed, where he poses no further risk to the public.

“We would urge any victims of sexual assaults to report them as soon as possible. We will do everything we can to identify the person responsible and hold them to account for their actions.”

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