Memsahib manager convicted of sexual assault against waitress

THE manager of one of Huddersfield’s best known curry houses has been convicted of sexually assaulting a former waitress.

Nadeem Aslam
Nadeem Aslam

THE manager of one of Huddersfield’s best known curry houses has been convicted of sexually assaulting a former waitress.

Nadeem Aslam, 36, of Olive Street, Fartown, Huddersfield, who runs Memsahib Restaurant, Queensgate, pleaded not guilty to touching the woman during the early hours last year.

But following a trial yesterday at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court, the married, father-of-four, was convicted of the offence against a Huddersfield University student who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Prosecuting, Ben Smith, said that in the short period the victim worked at the restaurant there had been a history of the defendant making inappropriate remarks to her.

He said: “His behaviour became increasingly more inappropriate. He told her she was beautiful.

“Over time he began to make innuendos and comments and would put his hand on her hips as he passed her. She became uncomfortable in this and was unsure how to deal with it.”

The comments eventually culminated in the defendant forcibly kissing the victim on her lips against her wishes one night when no-one else was around in the restaurant.

Giving evidence, the student said: “During the shift, three gentlemen came in and I remember he, (Aslam), said: “I am getting drunk tonight, you are going to have to look after me.”

Asked how she reacted she replied: “I just smiled and laughed it off.”

The gentlemen having a meal invited her to drink some of their Polish vodka and she had some. Later the defendant allegedly encouraged her to have even more spirits in measures that were far too strong for her.

Before closing the restaurant for the night he took several members of staff home before returning around 12.30am.

He poured her a drink, dimmed the lights and she said they chatted about what businesses he owned and about CCTV being fitted.

The complainant who was due to visit friends at the Camel Club said she began to panic when he came and sat opposite her.

She said: “I can’t remember what he said but he pulled me in and leaned across and kissed me which shocked me. I froze and pulled back, sprung to my feet and got my bag.

“He put his hands on my upper arms, I swerved out of the way and ducked under.”

She said the doors were locked and he claimed not to know where the keys were.

Eventually, she escaped and went to the Camel Club where she confided in a friend.

Two of her friends gave evidence on her behalf saying how she was not her usual “bubbly” self following the assault.

Cross-examining the complainant, Aslam’s representative, Andrew Sugden, said: “I put it to you that what you say happened that night didn’t happen and you have perhaps been upset at how you behaved, you had been drinking and you dissed your employer?”

Complainant: “That’s ridiculous.”

Chairman of the bench, Brian Castle, said he found the victim a credible witness and that she had not consented to the kissing.

By contrast he said the bench found inconsistencies in Aslam’s account.

He was granted unconditional bail and will be sentenced on May 10.

 
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