Woman woke to find burglar in her bedroom

By Court Reporter Friday 04 April 2014 Updated: 04/04 17:05

A YOUNG woman woke in the middle of the night to find a burglar standing in her bedroom who told her she was 'fit' before sexually assaulting her.

Haroon Hussain, of Parsons Road in Redditch, grabbed at the woman's pyjama bottoms as she frantically shouted and banged for help on the wall of her home.

The 25-year-old fled the home in Studley but was caught nearby by police. He was sentenced to six years and two months in jail, followed by an additional five years on licence.

Although he pleaded guilty to burglary he only admitted sexual assault on the day of his trial.

The incident happened in September last year when the victim, who was in her 20s, had forgotten to lock the back door of her home and was woken by a noise on the landing at 2am. She noticed a light going on

in another room and then saw the defendant in her bedroom doorway who turned on the light.

The terrified young woman jumped up onto the bed shouting at him: “What are you doing here?"

Hussain moved forward and onto the bed where he grabbed her pyjama bottoms, telling her: "You’re fit, you are."

After hearing the woman bang on the wall the man next door arrived while his wife called the police and he and the young woman went into the street where they saw Hussain and the man held him until police arrived.

Gurdeep Singh Garcha, defending, said Hussain, who has theft and drug convictions and a caution for burglary, was aware the ordeal must have been terrifying for the woman but had expressed his regret and not sought to make excuses. He added Hussain was drunk and having fallen out with his cousin was looking for somewhere to sleep before deciding to steal from the house once he was inside.

"This was a very short-lived incident. There was momentary contact between them; and it was over her clothing and he desisted as soon as she screamed."

But Judge Alan Parker called the incident 'profoundly disturbing' and told Hussain he considered him a danger to the public and ordered him to register as a sex offender for life.

"A woman in such circumstances would only think of two things: rape and murder. It has had a devastating psychological effect on her. You knew you were guilty, but you were saying up to the day of your trial that she was making it up."

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