Man who sexually assaulted two women in Brighton street is jailed

A man has been sent to prison for sexual assaults on two women in Brighton city centre, having been arrested thanks to the swift action of a member of the public and patrolling police officers.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 12:02 pm
Abdullah Rahman. Photo: Sussex Police

Abdullah Rahman, 36, unemployed, of no fixed address, was sentenced to a total of 18 weeks imprisonment at Brighton Magistrates Court on 19 April, having admitted two offences of sexual assault by touching over clothing and one offence of indecent exposure, police said.

The first incident happened in London Road shortly before midday on Monday, March 15, and the other one in nearby Trafalgar Road a few minutes later.

In each case Rahman approached the women and sexually assaulted them before walking off, police said.

In the first case he also exposed himself to the victim.

As the first victim was talking to police officers a man passing by realised what was happening, himself helped to search the area and spotted Rahman nearby in the process of talking to other women who were strangers to him, according to police.

He was immediately arrested.

Detective Sergeant Jenny Pietersen of Brighton CID said; “This swift police and public response ensured that Rahman was soon in custody and that no further women were assaulted.

“He had little choice but to admit his guilt and justice has been swiftly done.”