Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Prison for Sex Attacker Caught by Footballers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Prison for Sex Attacker Caught by Footballers

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Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent

A SEX attacker who targeted a businesswoman as she ran on Hackney Marshes was captured by a group of footballers after they heard her screams.

Adelani Akamo, 23, had only been in Britain for 10 days when he clubbed the 33-year-old with a lump of wood and dragged her into bushes.

The Nigerian, who is here on a student visa, battered her face and head before assaulting her.

He struck as scores of Sunday League football matches being played on some of the area's 88 pitches were ending.

The players heard the victim's cries and wrestled Akamo to the ground, holding him until police arrived.

Judge Simon Freeland QC, jailing Akamo for seven years, said: "The fact is that these offences amount in aggregate terms to a chilling and terrifying attack on an innocent member of the public, going about her own business in preparation for a marathon run."

Recommending Akamo's deportation on release, the judge said: "Your continued presence in this country is to its obvious detriment. …

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