U.K.: Sex Attacker Who Molested Four Teenage Girls Claimed He Did Not Know What He Was Doing Because He Was Fasting For Ramadan

From The Daily Mail:
A sex attacker molested four teenage girls then claimed he did not know what he was doing because he was fasting for Ramadan, a court heard today.

Shamsul Islam, 33, sidled up to girls as young as 15 on empty buses and trains across east London then sexually assaulted them.

When one of his victims confronted him he said 'I'm sorry, I'm fasting, I don't know what I'm doing,' Snaresbrook Crown Court was told.

Islam, from Barking, pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault, and was sentenced to three years in prison - after which he will be deported to his home country of Pakistan.

Judge Sheelagh Canavan branded him 'a danger to society'.

Sentencing him to three years' imprisonment, Judge Canavan described him as a ‘serial, sexual pervert' and called for him to be removed from the country as soon as possible.

She said: ‘Your devotion to your religion is only convenient to you when it gives you an excuse for your sexual misconduct.

‘You are not a national of this country, and the sooner you are removed from the country the better.

The first attack took place on a C2C train going from Essex into central London, the court heard.

Prosecutor Karl Masi said: 'The defendant got onto the train and sat down beside [the first victim] - even though there were plenty of empty double seats on the carriage.

'The victim noticed Mr Islam was rubbing his elbow up against her. She tried moving away but the defendant kept moving closer to her. He would look away whenever she tried to look at him.

'At one point, after the defendant had got up and sat back down again, the victim felt him touching her stomach and looked down to find his hand under her top.

'When she challenged him the defendant got up and moved.'

The second assault, on a 15-year-old girl, happened on a bus in mid-afternoon a few days later, the court was told.

The teenager boarded the bus and immediately felt uncomfortable because Islam had been staring at her at the bus stop.

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