Man who groped vulnerable diabetic woman in dark lane jailed

Lamin Jadma attacked the then 23-year-old after she lost her handbag and phone following a night out.

Lamin Jadma sexually assaulted diabetic women on Elmbank Street in Glasgow SNS Group

A man who groped a vulnerable student in a dark lane has been jailed for 20 months.

Lamin Jadama, 26, pounced on the then 23-year-old in Glasgow city centre on June 22, 2018.

Jadama preyed on the victim who was stranded having lost her handbag and mobile phone.

He offered to help the woman but led her to a nearby lane where he attacked her.

The diabetic victim vomited and fell unconscious after eventually escaping due to an illness.

Jadama was convicted by a jury of sexual assault and two charges of failing to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Matthew Jackson QC said: “No one can know if you were looking for someone. She was observably unwell.

“You stated in evidence that you knew she needed help but instead you chose to sexually assault this young woman.

“You found a secret quiet space to carry out this horrible crime.

“This offence is aggravated by the vulnerability of the young woman and it would have been obvious to you in her presentation.”

Jadama – a first offender – was also put on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

The trial heard the woman had been in Sauchiehall Street celebrating getting her degree with her friends.

The victim failed to flag down a taxi at the end of the night after losing her handbag which included her phone and insulin pen. 

Jadama, who was a stranger to the victim, approached her near The Garage nightclub. 

She said in evidence: “He offered to help my situation and then we started walking up the street from the taxi rank towards the lane.”

The pair stopped at a fence on nearby Elmbank Street. 

Jadama asked her to go back to his house, have food and phone her mum.

The victim added: “He kept pushing me further back towards the fence and that’s when he started groping me over my clothing.

“I was panicked and checked for anyone else in the area.

“He pushed me against the fence and put his hand in my underwear.”

The woman claimed that the man then groped her.

Prosecutor Hannah Sweeney asked if she wanted this to happen to her, and she replied: “Absolutely not, I vocally made quite clear I didn’t want it to happen. I was saying no.”

She stated that by saying no it felt like it made him try “extra hard” to get her to go back to his flat.

The woman pushed the man away before they walked back to the taxi rank where she got in a cab alone.

A neighbour let her into their building while she contacted her mum on Facebook to tell her where she was.

The woman, who is diabetic, stated that she felt ill as she had not had her insulin or tested her blood sugar level.

The woman added that she has “vomiting episodes” and felt like it was going to happen. 

She said: “I went to her bathroom, fell to the floor, fell unconscious and was vomiting.”

An ambulance took her to hospital where she remained for four to five days.

It is there she said she told police about the sexual assault.

Lewis Kennedy, defending, told the sentencing that the bricklayer from Gambia continues to deny his guilt.

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