A PREDATORY sex attacker who targeted lone women in Leeds city centre while on the run has today been given a 16-year sentence.
Lamin Touray forced one of his victims to the ground and attempted to rape her in a car park after following her from a bar in the early hours of the morning as she made her way home from a Christmas party.
A court heard a CCTV operator was so concerned after spotting Touray following the young student that he abandoned his post and ran to the scene in a bid to help her.
Two days earlier Touray had followed another victim from the same area of Call Lane all the way to the entrance of her flat before sexually assaulting her.
Touray, a Gambian national, was on the run at the time of the incidents in Leeds, which took place in December 2013.
In 2009 he had carried out a similar sex assault on a student after following her through the streets of Newport, in south Wales.
Touray, 36, gave a false name and date of birth after he was arrested over the attack and was subsequently granted bail by magistrates.
He had originally been granted temporary permission to enter the UK to attend a relative’s wedding but failed to return to Africa and was in the country illegally.
Touray was sentenced today after pleading guilty to attempted rape, two offences of sexual assault and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
He was told he must serve a 12-year prison sentence followed by an extended licence period of four years after a judge told him he posed a serious risk of committing offences against women in the future.
Judge Neil Clark said: “You present a significant risk because you are a man who will randomly attack females who are strangers to you.”
The judge said he had no powers to order Touray’s deportation upon completion of the sentence but requested that his sentencing remarks be passed to the parole board and the Home Office.
He added: “You are entirely detrimental to the public good in this country.”
Judge Clark also praised the “remarkable bravery” of all three of Touray’s victims in their efforts to fight him off.
Each one was also prepared to come to court to give evidence, which resulted in Touray entering the guilty pleas.
The judge said: “It is quite refreshing to see that there are young women in this country as brave and resilient as that.”
After the case, Detective Superintendent Jon Morgan said: “Touray is a predatory sex offender who targeted women walking alone in Leeds city centre and put them through frightening ordeals. He is clearly someone who presents a very real danger to women.
“He was brought to justice through a combination of excellent detective work, forensic science and information from the public generated by appeals in the media. We hope the significant sentence he has received will provide some degree of comfort to the victims and some reassurance to the wider community.”