Temesgen Teame – Glasgow
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Predator jailed for ‘nightmare’ sex attack on teenager in city centre lane
A sex predator who tried to rape a student on holiday in Scotland has been jailed for five years.
Temesgen Teame pounced on the 18-year-old after following her from a bar in Glasgow city centre.
He forced her into a lane and told the terrified teenager: “You are beautiful. I need to do this.”
The 23 year-old was only eventually snared when staff at a nearby pub heard the victim’s desperate cries.
Teame later confessed the bar workers had stopped him from actually raping the girl.
He was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow having earlier pled guilty to the abduction and attempted rape of the French teenager.
Lord Matthews said: “She was on holiday with two friends – that turned into a nightmare.”
The judge today said the jail term would have been seven years, but for the guilty plea.
He told Teame: “The psychological damage (for the girl) will undoubtedly be considerable and long lasting.
“Attempted rape is an appalling crime no matter the circumstances – for the victim in this case, it must have been truly dreadful.
“You were only prevented continuing by the intervention of those who came to help – they are to be commended.”
The victim had been on a night out with friends last July.
She later left the city’s Bloc Bar in Bath Street – as CCTV caught a loitering Teame following her.
The sex attacker managed to yank her into nearby St Vincent Lane.
The teenager was shoved to the ground as Teame began molesting her.
Prosecutor Martin Richardson QC said: “She screamed and shouted for help. She tried talking to him saying that he did not need to do this.
“She was crying and begging him to stop. Teame said: “You are too beautiful. I really need to do this’.”
As the victim’s screams got louder, sick Teame, of the city’s Castlemilk, then stated: “I want to f*** you.”
Mr Richardson: “Throughout the incident she was terrified and believed she was going to be raped.”
The teenager’s screams got the attention of workers at the nearby Stereo pub.
They confronted Teame, who told them: “I was trying to f*** her.”
Two passing police officers were then alerted.
But, Teame threatened the pub workers: “I will f****** remember your faces and I will get you.”
Mr Richardson told the hearing: “He then made off, but was pursued by three members of bar staff.
“He was brought to the ground by them and eventually arrested.”
The court heard Teame was originally from Eritrea in Africa.
He was legally in Scotland since 2015 having escaped “political and civil unrest”.
Teame was placed on the sex offenders list indefinitely. He is also likely to face deportation.