A judge has recommended deportation on an asylum seeker who attacked two women within half an hour on their way to work in Huddersfield.

Leeds Crown Court heard Mohammed Mubarak Adam approached one victim in the Paddock area around 5.40am on December 23.

Rupert Doswell, prosecuting, told the court she could smell alcohol and because he was also unsteady on his feet she believed he was drunk.

He blocked her path and grabbed her left arm and started to pull her towards some waste land. She was frightened and tried to pull away from him.

Leeds Crown Court
Leeds Crown Court

After he had dragged her about 10 metres from the path she did manage to break free and was able to escape and alert the police.

Police officers were sent to the area but in the meantime Adam had approached another woman around 6.10am also on her way to work.

She was walking towards the Paddock viaduct when Adam started asking her personal questions walking close to her.

She tried to move away from him but he put his arm around her and grabbed her bottom.

She pushed him away and asked him not to touch her but he continued to follow her saying he would walk with her into town.

She was scared fearing he was going to subject her to a more serious sexual attack but fortunately a car stopped and the driver offered her assistance.

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Mr Doswell said Adam was then arrested a short time later and was remanded in custody.

Anastasis Tassou representing him told the court he was an illegal entrant in the country who had claimed asylum.

He said although for the victims it had been a “nasty experience” Adam had already spent six months in custody and sentencing guidelines suggested periods around or under that for the offences he had committed.

He suggested there might more control under a community order because if he breached that he could be jailed again whereas any period on remand would count towards a suspended sentence breach.

Adam, 29 of North Street, Lockwood, Huddersfield who used a Sudanese Arabic interpreter in court, admitted common assault on the first victim and sexual assault on the second and was sentenced to a total of three months in prison suspended for 12 months.

Paddock viaduct
Paddock viaduct

Judge Guy Kearl QC told him: “It seems to me you did target two women who were on their own.”

He said the offences showed a degree of persistence. “This was a frightening and nasty experience for both women.”

But taking into account the time spent in prison, his guilty plea and lack of previous conviction the sentence could be suspended.

However because of the “disturbing facts of this case” he said he would recommend to the Home Office that he be deported.

“You are in the UK as an illegal immigrant and you are known to the Home Office,” the judge told him.

He said a pre-sentence report indicated he did not appreciate his actions were wrong or the impact on his victims.