Vi­o­lent man jailed for 16 years for two sex at­tacks

Ro­ma­nian had only been in UK for a month when he struck

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A VI­O­LENT man has been jailed for vi­cious at­tacks on two lone women in broad day­light in Northolt.

Ni­cu­sor Ion, 41, of Is­lip Gar­dens in Northolt, who sex­u­ally as­saulted and robbed a woman at knife­point and at­tempted to sex­u­ally as­sault an­other, was sen­tenced to 16 years in prison on Fri­day May 27.

He was found guilty of sex­ual as­sault, at­tempted sex­ual as­sault, two at­tempted rob­beries, pos­ses­sion of an of­fen­sive weapon and pos­ses­sion of a bladed ar­ti­cle, fol­low­ing a week­long trial at Isle­worth Crown Court.

The court heard how he used an un­der­pass at the Tar­get Round­about to carry out the bru­tal at­tacks within three days of each other in Au­gust last year.

The first at­tack was on a woman aged 28 who was grabbed from be­hind and forced into the bushes be­fore she was robbed and sex­u­ally as­saulted at knife­point on Au­gust 9 2015, around 6.45pm.

He struck again three days later at around 9.30am on Au­gust 12.

This time the vic­tim was a 47-year-old woman who was walk­ing through the un­der­pass when Ion grabbed her and at­tempted to drag her into bushes be­fore push­ing her to the floor.

In both in­ci­dents he was dis­turbed by a mem­ber of the pub­lic and ran off.

Po­lice at­tended the scene of the sec­ond in­ci­dent, where they took the vic­tim on a drive at around the area and iden­ti­fied Ion out­side a bet­ting shop in Man­dev­ille Road, where he was ar­rested.

The first vic­tim also picked him out from an ID pa­rade and he was then charged with a string of of­fences linked to both in­ci­dents.

Dur­ing the trial it was re­vealed that Ion, who had pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for rob­bery in his na­tive Ro­ma­nia, had been in the UK for less than a month be­fore com­mit­ting the first of­fence.

DC Ben Robin­son from Eal­ing CID who in­ves­ti­gated both in­ci­dents, said: “These were vi­o­lent and sus­tained at­tacks on two lone fe­males in broad day­light which must have been ter­ri­fy­ing for the vic­tims.

“How­ever, due to their courage, of­fi­cers were able to quickly iden­tify Ion fol­low­ing the sec­ond of­fence and ar­rest him.

“Ion is a dan­ger­ous man who will now spend a con­sid­er­able amount of time be­hind bars.

“Such of­fences will not be tol­er­ated and we will do ev­ery­thing within our power to en­sure of­fend­ers are brought to jus­tice.”

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