Girl dragged into car park by drug-taking sex attacker saved by Good Samaritans who heard screams
A teenage girl that was dragged into a car park by a drug-taking sex attacker was saved by three Good Samaritans who heard her screams.
Housny Boulaiz, an 18-year-old Moroccan whose bid to stay in Britain has been rejected by the Home Office, pounced on the girl as she walked home after a night out celebrating the bangers-and-bonfires fun with friends.
As he dragged her into the darkened car park, three men spotted him and decided to intervene, Canterbury Crown Court heard.
Sentencing Boulaiz to three and a half years in custody for kidnapping and sexual assault, Judge Heather Norton recommended that the girl’s saviours, Charlie Vanstone, Edd Withers and Sam Eagleson, should receive a High Sheriff’s Award.
The judge told Boulaiz “You are well-practised and predatory and are willing to take risks to meet your offending needs.
“You are a person who preys on vulnerable people in order to commit these offences and get funds to sustain your drug habit.”
He has convictions which began in 2013, including thefts of bikes, robbery, attempted robbery and making threats to kill after attacking a man in St Peter’s Street in Canterbury.
The terrifying attack on the girl on November 5th last year was spotted by Edd Withers, 30, as the three men were working for his cake delivery firm.
Edd became alarmed when he saw the girl being pulled into a car park behind a business in Sturry Road, Canterbury.
“I only just saw it out of the corner of my eye, but it just didn’t look right.”
Joined by Sam and Charlie, he rushed to see what was happening.
“We went over there and he was literally in the process of assaulting the girl.
“He was lying on top of her and no one knows really what might have happened. Charlie started to film the guy and then chased after him when he ran away.
“The girl was very shaken up by it. We were just in the right place at the right time.
“It’s frightening, but I’ve been in Canterbury 10 years now and nothing like this has ever happened to anyone I know.”
Charlie, 23, said “I was the first to get there and I asked him what he was doing before chasing after him as he ran off.
“We were pretty angry about what we’d seen. Before he fled, he was denying what he was up to, but it was clear that he was about to have sex with the victim.
“Canterbury is a pretty loving city, but obviously it can attract the wrong people.”
Edd and Sam, 23, took the girl to her home while Charlie helped police look for Boulaiz, who is of no fixed address.
They did not find him and police later issued a public appeal for him, placing him on their ‘most wanted’ list.
John Barker, defending, said Boulaiz was smuggled into the UK on a lorry when he was 10.
He’d left his home in Morocco when he was eight after his mother threw hot oil over him, leaving him permanently scarred.
Sending Boulaiz to a young offender’s institute, Judge Norton told him “It is likely at the end of your sentence you will be deported but that’s not a matter for me.”
Boulaiz and two other failed asylum-seekers were also part of a ‘hugger mugger’ gang who robbed a Taiwanese student of his mobile phone.
Ting Yo Lin had been walking along St Peter’s Street near the Black Griffin pub in Canterbury when Boulaiz approached him in August last year.
“I was alone and he was saying to me that he wants to get to know me and be my friend” said Mr Lin.
“He was wearing a large blue hoodie with the hood up and claimed to be Turkish.
“He appeared to be drunk and kept hugging me, saying he wanted to be friends.
“After a few minutes of talking and hugging, two others turned up saying they also wanted to be my friend.”
In the confusion, the student’s £600 mobile phone was stolen.
“I had been in Canterbury for a year and I had never had any problems until then – it has left me not wanting to be walking alone around the streets at night” he said.
Boulaiz, fellow Moroccan Yassine Hamadoni, 20, from Ashford, and Algerian Adil Nazar, 27, from Gillingham, were all convicted of robbery.
The court heard they had all claimed asylum but had been rejected by the Home Office.
Hamadoni, who was on bail at the time of the mugging, had previous convictions in October last year for burglary and 10 shoplifting offences going back to 2013. He was also convicted in the same year of a sex offence in London.
He was sent to a young offender’s institute for two years and kitchen porter Nazir, who has convictions for criminal damage and shoplifting in 2014, was jailed for 20 months.