Haverfordwest man jailed for attempting to abduct two school girls and sexually assaulting one

Haverfordwest man jailed for attempting to abduct two school girls and sexually assaulting one

Haverfordwest man jailed for attempting to abduct two school girls and sexually assaulting one

First published in County News

A Kurdish national who tried to abduct two schoolgirls from the streets of Haverfordwest has been jailed today.

Saman Osmanzadeh, 25, carried out almost identical attacks three days apart and twice sexually assaulted his second victim.

Osmanzadeh, of Goshawk Road, Haverfordwest, was convicted unanimously after a trial at Swansea crown court of two offences of attempted abduction and two of sexual assault.

Judge Paul Thomas said the eventual sentence would be one of immediate prison. He said there was a danger of Osmanzadeh re-offending and he remanded him into custody meanwhile. Osmanzadeh will be sentenced later this month after a probation officer has prepared a report into his background.

The girls, both aged 15, told the jury how Osmanzadeh had tried to force them into his car on the pretext of giving them a lift home for their own safety.

The first girl had been approached as she walked home near Crundale park on November 26. Osmanzadeh, she said, put an arm around her and tried to walk her to his car but she resisted.

The second girl said on November 29 she had been waiting for her then boyfriend in Swan Square, Haverfordwest, when Osmanzadeh began talking to her. He told her she was beautiful and twice kissed her on the cheek.

She said she began shaking with fear as Osmanzdeh tried to get her into his car, and when that failed tried to walk her around the back of a Chinese restaurant.

Osmanzadeh gave up when her boyfriend arrived.

After his arrest a few days later, Osmanzadeh, said he had been concerned for the safety of the first girl because she was walking alone and in the dark.

He told police the second girl had initiated the conversation and had given him a hug. He denied trying to get her into his car or around the back of the restaurant.

After the verdicts, Judge Thomas said Osmanzadeh had been found guilty “of serious matters” and a prison sentence was inevitable.

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