Pervert scouts out Bond Street Tube basement he will use to sexually assault vulnerable 19-year-old

Pervert scouts out Bond Street Tube basement he will use to sexually assault vulnerable 19-year-old after he donned a TFL hi-viz jacket and pretending to be a Good Samaritan as he is jailed for four years

  • Sharif Abbas, 31, kidnapped 19-year-old victim after she fell down some stairs
  • The victim was left bleeding with part of her skull exposed and broken wrist 
  • Abbas pretended to be helping the woman but instead sexually assaulted her
  • He unwittingly triggered silent alarm and police rushed to scene to rescue victim

A pervert who pretended to help a vulnerable teenager after she suffered a serious head injury but instead dragged her to a basement and sexually assaulted her has been jailed for four years. 

Sharif Abbas, 31, kidnapped the 19-year-old victim after she fell down some stairs at Bond Street Tube station in central London and was left bleeding with part of her skull exposed.

Instead of calling emergency services, Abbas led the stricken woman, who also had a broken wrist, to a nearby basement where he carried out a sex attack.

The sick defendant approached her when she sat down to recover and donned a TfL high-vis jacket, then after telling her to wait for him, scouted out an empty basement of a nearby building.

Sharif Abbas (pictured), 31, kidnapped the 19-year-old victim after she fell down some stairs at Bond Street Tube station in central London and was left bleeding with part of her skull exposed

Sharif Abbas (pictured), 31, kidnapped the 19-year-old victim after she fell down some stairs at Bond Street Tube station in central London and was left bleeding with part of her skull exposed

He then brought her back to the basement, telling her he needed to examine her injuries, at which point he sexually assaulted her.

The fall happened at around 6am as she walked from one platform to another at Bond Street Tube station on June 16, 2019.

When Abbas entered the building’s basement he had unwittingly triggered a silent alarm and police rushed to the scene where officers found Abbas assaulting the injured woman.

Officers found Abbas standing behind the victim with his hands under her clothing and the fly of his jeans undone.

He took her under a covered walkway where they were not visible to passers-by at street level, police said.

Instead of calling emergency services, Abbas lead the stricken woman, who also had a broken wrist, to a nearby basement where he carried out a sex attack. He claimed he tried to call for an ambulance but CCTV footage shows him on his mobile phone for the duration of the young woman's kidnap and records show he did not dial 999

Instead of calling emergency services, Abbas lead the stricken woman, who also had a broken wrist, to a nearby basement where he carried out a sex attack. He claimed he tried to call for an ambulance but CCTV footage shows him on his mobile phone for the duration of the young woman’s kidnap and records show he did not dial 999

After police arrived, paramedics took the woman to a hospital in west London where she had surgery for a broken wrist and was treated for her serious head injury.

She has since made a full recovery, according to the Met Police.

When Abbas was interviewed by detectives, he said it did not occur to him to press an emergency button nearby as he was trying to help her. He also walked past at least three other emergency buttons, police said.

He claimed he tried to call for an ambulance in the Tube station, but could not get signal. Abbas also added the victim asked him not to call for an ambulance.

But this was not the case as he had his phone to his ear throughout the 45 minutes he kidnapped the woman. No 999 call was made nor did he administer any first aid, police said.

The high-vis vest he wore was one he used when working on bus passenger surveys two years earlier, but at the time of the attack he was unemployed.

Abbas told detectives he carried it with him for use if he went running or in case he came across ‘an accident or something’.

When Abbas was interviewed by detectives, he said it did not occur to him to press an emergency button nearby as he was trying to help her. He also walked past at least three other emergency buttons at Bond Street Station, police said

When Abbas was interviewed by detectives, he said it did not occur to him to press an emergency button nearby as he was trying to help her. He also walked past at least three other emergency buttons at Bond Street Station, police said

At Southwark Crown Court today, Abbas, from Haringey, north London, was jailed for four years after being found guilty of kidnap and sexual assault at an earlier hearing.

Sentencing Abbas, Judge Gregory Perrins said: ‘I have no doubt that had they [the police officer] not attended in that moment, you [Abbas] would have gone on to commit a more serious sexual assault.’

As the trial took place during Covid restrictions, the victim had to fly back to the UK and quarantine in order to give evidence in court.

Detective Constable Nigel Pacquette, the investigating officer from the Met Police’s Central West Command Unit, described the crimes as ‘deplorable’.

He said after the hearing: ‘Abbas was travelling on the Tube network carrying a high-vis tabard that would give the impression that he was a member of TfL staff.

‘Given that he was unemployed, this alone was concerning, but his actions toward the victim were even more sinister.

‘He claimed that he had taken her into the basement in order to check her body for cuts and bruises, after which he was going to help her, yet he stated he had no medical training, nor had he taken any actions to address her significant head wound.

‘To take advantage of a seriously injured woman, particularly at a time when she required urgent medical attention, is deplorable.

‘Thankfully, the quick thinking of the officers who responded to the alarm call, ensured that Abbas was apprehended at the scene.

‘He was calculating and predatory and the verdict is wholly the right outcome to ensure that other women are protected from him.

‘I am aware that the details of this case, and the predatory nature of offenders such as Abbas, will instil fear in many women. We are working hard to remove offenders of this type from our streets.’

DC Pacquette also paid tribute to the victim’s bravery.

He added: ‘The young lady targeted by Abbas has been incredibly brave, determined and patient throughout this investigation and the court proceedings.

‘She no longer lives in the UK, and due to Abbas’s not guilty plea, was compelled to return to Britain and quarantine in order to take part in the trial process.

‘I applaud her actions to help ensure that other women are spared the perverse attentions of this man.’

Anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence can contact police on 101.

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