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Sunday, July 26, 2015
Bus sex predator jailed for attack on girl as she travelled home though Handsworth
A SEX predator who attacked a girl as she got off a Handsworth bus had avoided jail for a previous sex attack on a Birmingham bus.
Mohammed Farah, aged 25, followed his victim as she got off a Number 74 bus in Handsworth.
After being snubbed when he asked the 21-year-old if she wanted to go to his house, he carried on pursuing her until she began to run.
He then grabbed the hood on the back of her jacket and carried out the attack on February 22.
He was jailed for four-and-a-half-years at Birmingham Crown Court which heard how Farah, of Heathfield Road, Handsworth, had carried out an earlier sex attack against a woman on a bus in February last year.
On that occasion he was sentenced to a community order.
Sentencing him for the latest assault and re-sentencing for the previous attack, Judge Patrick Thomas QC said: “You are a worrying young man.
“In 2014 you carried out a sexual assault on a bus and received a community order where the court mercifully looked at your position and tried to deal with you in a non-custodial way.
“I do not accept for one minute you are remorseful.
“I am deeply troubled by your attitude towards women, the sentence reflects that deep concern.”
Farah is a paranoid schizophrenic but Judge Thomas said: “I can see nothing in the narrative of your criminal acts that indicated illness is causative of your criminal behaviour.
“It maybe right when you stop taking medication you are more likely to commit offences, but you do not commit offences because you are mentally ill.”
Mark Phillips, prosecuting, said the victim had tried to get away from Farah as he followed her at around 11.30pm.
He said: “She was scared because there was nobody else around.
“She broke into a run but the defendant grabbed her by the hood of her jacket and pushed her forwards into a bush.
“At this point she was screaming, she genuinely thought she was about to be raped.”
It was only when car passed Farah stopped the attack.
“He said he was sorry and walked off,” said Mr Phillips.
The victim rushed home and alerted her dad who went out with a neighbour scouring the streets until they found Farah.
During a police interview the sex attacker remained silent but went on to plead guilty to sexual assault.
Judge Thomas QC added: “You subjected a young woman to a terrifying ordeal.”
Praising the victim’s courage he said: “In some way you are fortunate you chose to attack such a sensible, strong and well balanced young woman.
“Even so, her life has been significantly affected by what you did.
“Had she not resisted what you did in such a courageous way it could have been much much worse.”
Exdol Mitchell, defending, said: “He is a young man with mental health difficulties and he is being treated in the community for the difficulties he has.
“The problem here is, quite frankly, for reasons less known he stopped taking his medication.
“He is genuinely remorseful for his behaviour.”
Farah was ordered to sign the sex offender’s register.