A “MENACING sexual predator” who targeted two women in a Burnley nightclub and molested a young mum he locked in his home is behind bars for four years.

Rasul Abdullah attacked the first two victims within minutes on the same night in Pharoah’s in November, 2011. He was bailed last December, and struck again in January after inviting the third woman, who had her baby with her in a pram, into his home and keeping her there against her will. He denied any indecent behaviour when questioned by police.

Burnley Crown Court had heard how Abdullah, an Iraqi national, still claimed he was innocent of the crimes, even though be was unanimously convicted by a jury, after a trial.

The defendant (31), of Cambridge Street, Brierfield, had been found guilty of assault by penetration and two counts of sexual assault. He was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life and was given a 10-year sexual offences prevention order, banning him from entering or remaining anywhere licensed for the consumption of alcohol on the premises, between 11pm and 8am. The defendant, said to have infinite leave to remain in this country, had no previous convictions.

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[Another note from SWN – “Sexual predator from Brierfield is jailed for four years” reads the headline in the Burnley Express. How is an ‘Iraqi’ from Brierfield? Surely he’s from Iraq. If I shove up a tent in Somalia and kip there for a week or two does that make me ‘from Somalia’]

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