Leeds teenager locked up for attack on sex worker

Abdullah Mahmood.
Abdullah Mahmood.
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A TEENAGER paid an escort for sex before attacking her and robbing her of cash, a court heard.

Abdullah Mahmood, 19, struck the woman over the head with a padlock during the attack at the Park Plaza hotel in Leeds city centre.

Leeds Crown Court heard Mahmood contacted the woman through a website and arranged to meet her at the hotel on August 25 last year.

When he got to the hotel room the woman asked him for £60 but Mahmood told her he only at £57.50.

The woman agreed to have sex with him but afterwards he refused to leave the room.

The woman asked him several times to leave before he suddenly attacked her, striking her repeatedly to the back of the head.

She then noticed Mahmood had a padlock in his hand and must have used it to attack her.

She began screaming and rang reception from the room to ask for police and an ambulance.

Mahmood left the hotel after taking the cash he had paid her. The victim was taken to hospital and received treatment for a gash to her head.

Mahmood, of Harehills Avenue, Harehills, Leeds, was traced through his mobile phone which he had used to contact the sex worker.

The padlock was found at his home. Mahmood pleaded guilty to robbery.

Victoria Smith-Swain, mitigating, said Mahmood had no previous convictions and described the offence as being completely out of character.

She said Mahmood came from a good family and was hoping to go to university. She added that Mahmood felt ashamed at letting his family down and ruining his good character.

The barrister said Mahmood had not taken the padlock to the hotel intent on attacking her with it. She said he had just been to the gym and had it with him as he used it on a locker. Mahmood was sent to a young offenders institution for 21 months.

Recorder Richard Gioserano said: “You left her hurt and vulnerable. This young woman is entitled to no less a degree of protection than a woman alone of the street is entitled to.”