Awais Kazmi, 29, of Broomfield Avenue, Leigh, was banned from approaching lone women in public for a period of five years after a court made a strict sexual harm prevention order on September 14.
He had carried out two indecent assaults on November 25, 2015, and December 16, 2015.
Essex Police later applied for the stringent order which prevented him from approaching lone women in public for a period of five years.I bet you know what's coming next...?
The ban covered any lone female not previously associated with him, including on public transport or in shops, unless it is inadvertent or “not reasonably avoidable in the course of lawful daily life”.
But Southend Magistrates’ Court heard Kazmi breached the order just five days after it was made by walking up to a till worker in Marks and Spencer in Southend High Street.
Philip Pearson, prosecuting, said: “He started a conversation with her, saying she was nice and lovely. He had no intention of making a purchase of any goods. She found his behaviour harassing.”
Kazmi went into Clark’s shoe shop on October 4 and approached another shop assistant. He followed her around the shop, touching her arm and calling her pretty. Mr Pearson said: “She felt uncomfortable by his behaviour. He made no attempt to make a purchase on that visit.”One does wonder about the wisdom of letting someone like this wander free.
Kazmi admitted both breaches, leaving him at risk of a prison sentence. However, Roger Neild, mitigating, said Kazmi is autistic and thought to have Asperger’s Syndrome and a learning disability.So wouldn't he be better off locked away?
The solicitor added: “He now has a full understanding of what the order is and he has a full understanding of what he can and can’t do.”Oh. Right. But he didn't before?
Magistrates’ handed Kazmi a 12 month community order, including 60 hours unpaid work and ordered him to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
He was also banned from Clark’s and Marks and Spencer in Southend for five years.Well, that's done it. After all, no women work anywhere else in Southend.