Yet another vile Muslim rape jihadist convicted of sex crimes. Twisted pervert Zahid Ghani left a 21 year old living in fear after the Islamic vermin attacked her in broad daylight. There is no helping low lifes like Ghani who already has a previous 184 criminal offences against his name, as they have no shame or remorse in them
Newcastle pervert Zahid Ghani facing jail over terrifying broad daylight sex attack
Victim Charlene Richards has told how the vile predator left her afraid to go out alone following the attack outside a Tesco store
Zahid Ghani leaves Newcastle Magistrates Court
This is pervert Zahid Ghani just moments after he became a convicted sex offender.
Victim Charlene Richards was left terrified to go out alone after the stranger grabbed her and pushed her to the ground before attempting to kiss her neck as she walked through Newcastle on a summer’s morning.
Ghani denied the broad daylight attack when he appeared before magistrates earlier this year.
But a judge found him guilty of sexual assault this week after brave Charlene gave evidence against him in a trial.
And after seeing her attacker warned he could be facing jail, the victim has said she is finally able to get on with her life after living in fear for almost a year.
Charlene, 21, said: “I was so happy and relieved when he was found guilty I just broke down crying. I just hope he goes to prison now. I feel much better now.”
Brian Payne, prosecuting, told the court how Charlene had just started walking from the Tyneside Foyer in the city centre to her mum’s house on Fenham, on the morning of June 25 last year, when she was approached by a man outside a city centre Tesco Express store and asked her for directions to Fenham, before following her and eventually grabbing her and trying to kiss her.
“She continued walking and the male continued to walk with her, he continued to try and talk to her, she tried to speed up but he would also speed up,” he said. “Then she was grabbed by him. There was nobody else around and no body who could help.
“She couldn’t move or break free. He said he wanted to kiss her four or five times then started to try and kiss her on the cheek. She was turning her head to keep away from him.”
The attack, which happened in the Monday Crescent area of Arthur’s Hill, came to an end when the man was disturbed by a passing van, Mr Payne explained. The man then walked off towards some nearby flats.
Charlene contacted police and officers found CCTV images of a man fitting the description she gave them from a camera at the Tesco store.
The picture of a man of Asian appearance, wearing a distinctive red waterproof coat, was circulated via the Northumbria Police website.
And Charlene uploaded it to her own Facebook page, asking friends if they recognised him.
Ghani was arrested after a member of staff at the Coquet Trust, a charity which helps people with learning difficulties, recognised him as one of its service users.
“He was interviewed on two occasions and he denied that anything in the way of an assault took place,” said Mr Payne. “He denied it was him and at one stage suggested he couldn’t have been where he was because he had a meeting with a support worker.”
However, the court heard evidence that Ghani, 37, of Beaconsfield Street, in Arthur’s Hill, had not attended this meeting, and that Charlene later picked him out during a police identity procedure.
In describing the moment she was attacked to the court, Charlene said: “He tried to take us to the floor by kissing my neck, my had froze and I couldn’t move. He was trying to kiss us on the neck but I was moving my head.”
And she said she broke down after the attack.
“I carried on walking along the street, it didn’t really hit us what had happened,” she said. “Then it sunk in and I collapsed on the floor, then this woman found us.”
Charlene said she recognised her attacker instantly when she was shown the CCTV picture. And within half an hour of putting the image on her Facebook someone had told her the man’s name.
“My friend new who he was because she used to live next door to him,” she told the court. “She informed me she had rung the police.”
Lewis Pearson, defending, argued that Charlene’s identification of Ghani was unreliable because she had already been told his name and seen his picture prior to the police procedure.
He also argued that the CCTV image released by police was of such a poor quality that no one could be sure of its identity.
However, District Judge Sarah-Jayne Griffith disagreed and found Ghani guilty of sexual assault.
She said: “I found Miss Richards to be a credible and compelling witness. She was very credible with her account. I’m not persuaded that the evidence of the identity is not reliable.
“Miss Richards was clear that the person she picked out in the identity procedure was the man she saw at Tesco wearing the distinctive jacket. I’m satisfied so I’m sure the defendant has committed this offence.”
In a victim impact statement read to the court, Charlene said: “I’m now worried to walk the streets on my own. I can’t understand why anyone would do this given the time of day. I feel anxious about being outside on my own.”
District Judge Griffith adjourned the case after hearing from Mr Payne that Ghani had a long criminal history with 184 offences recorded against him.
And in ordering Ghani to return to the court next month to be sentenced, she warned that he could be facing jail.
After the hearing, Charlene told of her relief.
She said: “I’m really pleased he got found guilty. I just totally broke down in court. It was horrible with him being right next to us. I had to look at him.”
And after leaving court Charlene cycled to her mum’s house following the same route she took on the day of the attack for the first time.
“I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulder,” she said. “I’m not going to let him stop us. I’m not going to let him win.”