September 2017

Illegal immigrant serial sex attacker

A serial sex offender living in the UK illegally was caught after he left his DNA behind when he bit a victim’s face during a violent attack.

Salah Alizadah, 42, attacked three women over a two-month period as he prowled the streets looking for lone females, a court heard.

The Iranian left his victims traumatised after exposing himself to a teenage girl and sexually assaulting two other females at night.

Alizadah sank his teeth into his second victim’s face as she fought back and scratched him

His third victim managed to take a picture of him, and he was recognised by a security worker who saw a police appeal.

When he was arrested he insisted he wasn’t involved, but the DNA from the bite linked him to the second attack.

Alizadah was jailed for three years and seven months for the attacks in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, in December and January.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register for life.

Locking him up at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge Stephen Earl said: “In a struggle, one woman scratched his face and he responded by biting her on the face.

“In some sense, it is fortunate that took place because that bite gave direct evidence of the culpability of this defendant, which fortunately sealed his fate, on the basis of the DNA that was managed to be obtained.

“Although, horrific it was at the time.”

Alizadah targeted his first victim, aged just 16, as she was walking home late ‪on December 29.‬ He had been hiding behind trees on a dark, deserted road and called out to the girl while performing a sex act on himself.

The ordeal made the girl “feel sick”.

He stalked his second victim on January 7 as she was walking back from a friend’s house at night, pinched her bottom and asked her if she wanted a cigarette.

When the victim refused and tried to get away, Alizadah followed her, pushed her against a wall and grabbed at her clothing.

Gavin Doig, prosecuting, told the court: “In the struggle to get way she scratched his face with her nails.

“In response, he bit her on her face, causing redness and swelling.”

The woman said the ordeal has had a significant impact on her life and left her wary and frightened and she has suffered nightmares and flashbacks.

She said in a victim impact statement: “I am always looking over my shoulder in case someone is following me.”

Alizadah targeted a third woman on January 25 while she was walking home from a shopping trip. Again, he “squeezed” her bottom and grabbed at her while she struggled to get away.

Her screams caused Alizadah to stop the attack and she managed to grab a photograph of him as he got away.

The woman said the attack has left her “always feeling unsafe” and had a huge effect on her life.

A security worker saw the picture taken by the victim, after a police appeal, and recognised Alizadah as a potential attacker during a chance meeting in the street.

The court heard Alizadah wore the same, distinctive, blue, black and white jacket during each attack.

Judge Earl commended the security worker who recognised Alizadah because of the jacket.

He said: “As a result of his prompt actions, the defendant has been taken off the streets, to ensure no further offending against other females walking alone are going to suffer in the same way.”

Alizadah, from Gateshead, pleaded guilty to exposure, two counts of sexual assault and one of possessing a small amount of cannabis found on him when he was arrested.

Geoff Knowles, defending, said Alizadah was “isolated” and “unhappy” when he was living in the UK and had sought solace by using cannabis.

The court heard Alizadah is a “family man” who is now keen to return to his family in his homeland.

He is likely to be deported back to Iran at the conclusion of the prison term.

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