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PremierLeague-News.Com - Abakwe Adam, aged 31, denies one offence of sexual assault
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A man sexually assaulted a random woman in Piccadilly Gardens by ‘straddling her’, a jury was told. Abakwe Adam, aged 31, had been ‘causing a nuisance’ in the popular spot in Manchester city centre before police officers became involved. Asking him to move on, the officers ushered him towards Piccadilly train station but he returned ‘within minutes’, Manchester Crown Court heard. A woman was sat by herself on a bench next to the Robert Peel statue when Adam, of no fixed abode, approached her, it was said. He then ‘wrapped his arms and legs around her’ before ‘rubbing himself’ up against her, the court heard. The whole incident took place over less than a minute. Read More Related Articles 'Naive' drug dealer thought secret messages would protect him from police - they led to his downfall instead Read More Related Articles Men shot dad in head with shotgun at point-blank range after Bolton meeting to plan murder, court hears The officers who had previously moved him on witnessed the sexual assault and arrested him immediately, the jury were told. Adam denies being involved, instead claiming it was someone else. Addressing the jury, prosecutor Neil Fryman said the attack occurred on May 14 2019 at around lunchtime. “The lady in question was visiting the country, she is originally from Canada,” Mr Fryman said. “The position was that the police were already, prior to the sexual assault, watching this defendant, keeping tabs on him because he was making a nuisance of himself. “He was unsteady on his feet, he was approaching other members of the public, complete strangers, and he was getting rather close to women. “Whilst he was doing this two uniformed officers approached him, talked to him and took him away from the area and moved him on. “Only a few minutes later he comes back on the scene and commits the sexual assault.” The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sat on a bench ‘minding her own business’ and didn’t know the defendant when he approached her, it was said. “He puts his arms around her body and he put his legs around her and rubbed himself, including his penis, up against her,” Mr Fryman continued. “Essentially straddling her.
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. “He is immediately arrested by the police having been seen by the two officers who were aware of what he was doing.” Adam fully denied the offence in interview, claiming he didn’t know he was doing anything wrong and ‘certainly didn’t assault anybody’, the court heard. Giving evidence, the woman, in her late 20’s, told the court she was visiting family and friends when she had stopped to have a drink and ‘enjoy the weather’. She described the man who approached her as being in his mid to late 30s, wearing a burgundy hat, wearing tight thin dreadlocks, a tan coat and blue jeans. “He approached me and it was uncomfortable - he seemed antsy,” she wept. “He came up to me, wrapped his arms around my body, pinning my arms to me, we were face to face. “He wrapped his arms around my body, I couldn’t move my arms. Read more of today's top stories here “He straddled my leg whilst my arms were pulled against me and he was grinding his junk into my thigh - his genital region. “The initial response was ‘don’t touch me’, the next response was yelling ‘don’t touch me, then me screaming ‘don’t f***ing touch me, get the f*** off me’. “I felt anxious and angry and vulnerable.” PC Lukman Intwala told the jury he was one of the officers who arrested Adam at the scene. He said: “He was seen by a radio operative on the CCTV acting suspiciously so we went to speak to the male. “He didn’t make much sense at all, his words were slurred - he appeared to be drunk. “He was pointing his fingers at me and saying ‘you… you’. “I think he was just angry at being told to move on, he then left but came back.” Proceeding
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