May 2017

Man followed and sexually assaulted girl, 16, in Rochdale

A man who followed and sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in Rochdale has been jailed.

Umar Iqbal (24/06/91) of Ipswich Street, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to sexual assault at an earlier hearing.

Today, Thursday 4 May 2017, he was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Minshull Street, to three years in prison, ordered to sign the sex offender register for life, and is subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

At 3.30pm on Friday 5 March 2017, a 16-year-old girl was walking along Yorkshire Street in Rochdale when Iqbal approached her.

He tried to engage her in conversation but she felt uneasy and walked away. Iqbal followed her onto Princess Street and told her that he liked her and asked if she had a boyfriend.

He then took hold of the victims hand and she told him to get off but he didn’t. He then pulled her towards a garaged area and tried to kiss her. She said no and pulled away, and Iqbal sexually assaulted her.

He then pressured the victim into giving him her phone number, which she did, hoping he would leave her alone. That night he called her and spoke to her for a minute or so until the call ended.

The girl reported it to police the next day and Iqbal was traced and arrested.