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Man convicted of ‘depraved’ sexual assaults along Regent’s Canal

Detectives are encouraging further victims to come forward

22 June, 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby

Ali Sadek, 26, of no fixed address.

A MAN who targeted lone women along Regent’s Canal has been convicted of five sexual offences.

Ali Sadek, 26, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Friday, June 19, to two counts of sexual assault by touching, three counts of exposure and one count of possession of cannabis.

His actions were described as “depraved” and officers said he lacked remorse and smirked throughout being interviewed during which he gave ‘no comment’ answers

Detectives on the case fear he may have had more victims and are appealing for anyone affected to come forward.

Sadek admitted that on separate occasions between Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 13 he approached three women, exposing himself before sexually assaulting them.

The incidents took place along a less than half a mile stretch of canal between St Mark’s Church and The Pirate Castle.

All three women gave detailed statements and police managed to link the offences and launched an investigation, carrying out urgent forensic work and CCTV inquiries which led to Sadek being identified.

Sadek was arrested on Wednesday and after a search was found to be carrying an amount of cannabis.

Detective Sergeant Natalie O’Farrell said: “His victims have been left incredibly shaken by these incidents and fearful of going out alone. We can only be grateful that he pleaded guilty, sparing them added distress. 

“I have no doubt that his offending would have continued had he not been caught and suspect he may well have committed other offences. As such I would appeal to any further victims to come forward by calling 101, quoting Op Chino.”

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