Ex-student assaulted five young women in 10 minutes at University of Chester bar

Published date: 19 May 2017 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A FORMER student attacked and sexually assaulted young women in the University of Chester’s Students’ Union bar after they rejected his drunken advances.

Yacine Nouiri, 22, struck and scratched five victims on March 4, aggressively clawing at the breasts of one and grabbing the buttocks of another.

The attack spree happened within just 10 minutes before police were called and Nouiri was arrested.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of assault and two of sexual assault at Chester Magistrates Court and was handed a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He must pay £250 compensation to each of the five women and a further £1,000 to those he groped.

Magistrates’ chairman Charles Platt told the defendant: “This was a sickening assault you carried out on strangers who deserved the right to go into the union bar and enjoy themselves, free from the threat of assault by a person like you.

“I'm quite sure these women will carry this with them for a very long time.”

The court heard Nouiri, of Garden Lane, Chester, had completed his studies at the university at the time of the incident and was working as a salesman in a retail chain store.

Rob Youds, prosecuting, said the young women had been on a night out with friends when they noticed a drunken young man approach one of them from behind.

One asked him to move away, whereupon he simply positioned himself behind another member of the group.

However, after he was told to go away again he became angry and struck the woman across the shoulder.

He was the told to leave by door staff but managed to get back into the building through a fire door. 

Another confrontation led to Nouiri scratching one of the women down her arm leaving her with cuts and reddening.

“He then lunged forwards, put his hands down her top and grabbed her breasts, causing reddening and pain,” Mr Youds said.

He also grabbed another student by the back of her jeans and underwear, and ripped them backwards, the court heard.

Another woman, who was dancing, said Nouiri had grabbed her wrists in front of her and began to twist them, all the while staring her in the eyes.

He then tried to grab another woman by the bra and pull her towards him, but she managed to wriggle free, receiving a scratch down the back of her arm. 

He then “grabbed her buttocks with both hands”, the court heard.

Again, the incidents were reported to door staff and the police were called.

Andrew Mawson, defending, said Nouiri was not a regular drinker and had “no proper recollection of events” after he became separated from his friends. 

However, he agreed he must have been responsible and had entered guilty pleas.

“What happened was totally out of character for him,” Mr Mawson said. 

“He is struggling to understand why he behaved in that fashion.

“He’s very embarrassed, ashamed, very remorseful and apologetic about what happened that night. It was a very salutary lesson for him and it will never happen again.”

Nouiri must sign on the sex offenders' register and has been banned from entering the Students' Union bar, both for five years.

He was also ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work in the community and must work with the probation service to address his sexual behaviour.

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