Security guard groped cleaner after suggesting ‘hide and seek game’
A cleaner at a Birmingham factory was taken by surprise when a security guard proposed they play a game of “hide and seek” However Jahangeer Ahmed had more than just a child’s game in mind and groped the woman in a dark room. Ahmed, 38, of Park Road, Sparkhill, had denied a charge of sexual assault but was found guilty following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
READ MORE: ‘Members of 61 gang tried to buy replacement shotgun’ – court told He was sentenced to 15 months suspended for 20 months and ordered to pay GBP250 compensation. Antonie Muller, prosecuting, said the defendant had been working at a factory on the outskirts of the city and that on August 28 2019 the victim was doing some cleaning work in its offices.
Ahmed initially approached her at 6.30pm when she was in one of the boardrooms and had asked her to switch off the lights when she had finished. The woman then went on to clean other offices in the two storey building and Ahmed appeared again and engaged her in conversation.
Jahangeer Ahmed leaves Birmingham Crown Court. (Image: Birmingham Live)
“The defendant then took her rather by surprise and said something along the lines of ‘shall we play hide and seek’. “She said something like why? and he repeated himself.
“She did not know what to say and felt somewhat uncomfortable. She stepped round a corner to have a moment to herself. “The defendant came to her there and said something like I will give you a second chance and told her she was not hiding very well.
All this to a grown woman .” Mr Muller said the victim was becoming increasingly concerned and went to put her cleaning products away. Ahmed then appeared for a third time saying he needed to show her something before taking her through a door into a room where the lights were off.
He then grabbed her and got her into a bear hug, rubbing himself against the woman and touching her breasts and groin. In passing sentence Judge Roderick Henderson said: “You lied to the jury and tried to get away with this offence. “This was a frightening event for this lady.
It is not just what happened on the day. “It means for a long long time she is anxious in situations where she should be able to feel confident. “it significantly effects the way a person lives their life.
It was an abuse of a position of trust.” Sunit Sandhu, defending, said: “He had been a security guard for a number of years and had worked his way up but has lost that employment. “He is the sole provider for his family but is unemployed and his chances are limited.”
He said the offending took place almost two years ago and there had been no further offending.
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