Stranger who sexually assaulted woman in Canterbury garage forecourt jailed for three-and-a-half years

Contributed by editor on May 23, 2017 - 07:41 AM


A stranger who sexually assaulted a woman in a garage forecourt has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.


The attack happened in Sturry Road, Canterbury, during the early hours of Sunday 5 November 2016.

Housny Boulaiz, 18, of no fixed address, approached the woman who was walking along the road after a night out. He grabbed her arm and took her to the forecourt of a garage before attempting to have sex with her.

Caught in the act

Three men saw Boulaiz grab the woman and, concerned for her safety, drove up to the forecourt. The men challenged Boulaiz who then walked away and the victim was taken to safety. The incident was immediately reported to Kent Police.

Boulaiz was found guilty of the sexual assault during a trial at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on 11 January 2017 and was later sentenced on Wednesday 10 May 2017 at Canterbury Crown Court.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Richard Lown said: ‘Boulaiz targeted this woman because she was alone and vulnerable and had planned to do her great harm. Thankfully the three men who approached the scene helped to stop him in his tracks.’

Other offences

Boulaiz’s sentence included a robbery, which he was also found guilty of on Tuesday 28 February 2017 at Canterbury Crown Court.

The robbery took place in St Peters Street, Canterbury, during the early hours of Wednesday 24 August 2016. Boulaiz, along with two others, used distraction techniques of befriending and hugging a 29-year-old man before stealing his keys and mobile phone.

The three men ran away from the victim when they saw a security guard from a local bar approaching the scene. The offenders were tracked by Kent Police officers through CCTV to where they were hiding in a car park further up the High Street.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Maria Goodwin said: ‘This victim was also alone and vulnerable and these three men went out of their way to approach him and pretend to be his friend in order to take advantage of him by stealing his personal items.

‘It seems that Boulaiz has a strong desire to take advantage of vulnerable people so we are pleased to see he has now received jail time for his offences.’

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