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Nightclub groper avoids jail term.

A SEX pest and disgraced family man who groped a young woman in a Teesside bar has been spared prison.

Mohammed Babul Ahmed, 38, stared at the woman, tried to dance with her and gyrate against her in Martha's Vineyard in Redcar.

The 23-year-old woman was with friends and made it clear she did not want to dance with the stranger, Teesside Crown Court heard.

"Persistent pest" Ahmed was told to go away and leave her alone as she obviously wanted nothing to do with him.

Later, when alone, she passed Ahmed and he touched her over her clothes.

Prosecutor Rachel Masters said: "He didn't say anything. She was so shocked that she looked around for help.

"He walked away having touched her for only a few seconds."

She immediately complained to a doorman. When approached, Ahmed said: "I'm sorry. I'm sorry."

Police were nearby and arrested him. He showed no signs of drink or drug intoxication.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said afterwards she was shocked and angry.

She said in a statement: "I feel very nervous when I go out with my friends and see men at bars and near toilets.

"I feel ashamed of what happened to me. The incident has affected me more than I thought."

Ahmed admitted the sexual assault - his first ever conviction - from the early hours of July 22 last year. He initially claimed it was an accident.

Anthony Moore, defending, said Ahmed felt real shame and great remorse.

The judge, Recorder Julian Goose QC, told Ahmed: "She felt violated by what you did.

"This was in my judgment a shocking and frightening sexual assault in a public place. You have brought shame upon yourself and your family."

In light of his remorse and lack of previous convictions, Ahmed, of Ploughmans Croft, Bradford, was given a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years with a year's supervision.

He will be on the sex offenders' register for seven years.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 21, 2012
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