Man jailed for sexual assault of autistic teenager
A man who sexually assaulted a vulnerable autistic teenage boy in Birmingham has been jailed.
Mohammed Sammer, 39, was riding a pushbike with a broken chain when he approached the 17-year-old outside a shop. He first asked the teenager if he wanted to buy the bike and then whether he had a cigarette. When the teenager handed him one, they walked to the park together and sat on a bench to talk. Later, Sammer led him to a quieter area of the park where the sexual assault took place, he then fled taking the teenager’s mobile phone.
The boy reported the attack to police and told them the offender had discarded a cigarette butt in the park and taken a sip from an energy drink can. These were found in the park and combined with DNA taken from the boy’s clothing, helped to positively identify Sammer as the attacker.
Julia McSorley of the CPS said: “This was an attack on a very vulnerable teenager, Sammer was well aware the victim did not have the capacity to consent.
“In the end the case against him was so strong that Sammer had no choice but to admit what he had done, which thankfully has spared his victim from having to relive the events in court.”
Sammer pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder impeding choice and theft. He was today sentenced to two years and nine months in prison, and will remain on the sex offenders register for life.
Building the case
In the early stages of police questioning, Sammer insisted that he was desperate to sell his bike and that he’d only spoken to his friends and people he thought might be interested in buying his pushbike.
Sammer also denied that he’d asked for a cigarette or been through the park, blaming his unclear memory on some recent medication that he’d taken.
However, the prosecution was able to prove from DNA evidence on the cigarette and drink can which he’d discarded in the park that Sammer was the person responsible.
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Julia McSorley is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS West Midlands.
Mohammed Sammar (DOB: 01/01/1980) of Quinton has been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder impeding choice and theft. He will remain on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.