Sex pest assaulted schoolgirl in KFC toilet

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how Asif Iqbal had been stalking two 15-year-olds before the KFC incident

Married father-of-one Asif Iqbal started staring at the girl who was with a friend at the premises in Hagley Road, Quinton.

When she asked to use the toilet he directed her to the staff lavatory and waited outside, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

The 29-year-old then asked for her phone number and, when that was refused, wrapped his arms around her waist and touched her before she managed to push him away.

Miss Samantha Powis, prosecuting, explained: “He had spent a considerable amount of time looking at the girl before isolating her. She was backed into a toilet by the defendant who then grabbed her.”

The distressed girl was too embarrassed to report the March 24, 2014, incident but finally confided what had happened to her friend who told the mother of the victim and police were called.

It then transpired that two days later Iqbal started stalking two 15-year-olds whom he bombarded with sexually explicit messages and images after contacting the pair through Facebook.

He continued to pester them despite the girls making it clear they wanted nothing to do with him. He managed to get hold of their mobile phone numbers and included unsettling details of their personal life in messages.

Analysis of his phone later revealed he had contacted the pair over 70 times during the campaign of harassment that continued for two months until his arrest on May 25, 2014.

Mr Simon Hanns, defending, said that Iqbal had no previous convictions and added: “He now admits that he is attracted to young girls.”

The defendant, from Vicarage Street, Langley, pleaded guilty to sexual assault and two cases of stalking and was sent to prison by Judge Kristina Montgomery QC who told him: “You ought to know that girls of this age are not to be treated as sexualised adults and that somebody who wants nothing to do with you ought to have that choice accepted.”

He was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order banning him from any contact with people under 16 and preventing him working in an environment where he could come into contact with them.

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