September 2008

WALTHAMSTOW: Dry cleaners’ man groped teen customer

A DRY-CLEANER sexually assaulted a teenage girl while she waited for him to sew her skirt.

Shehzad Abbas, of Grove Road, groped the 16-year-old girl while altering her skirt in 2hr Dry Cleaners, in Brentwood, Essex, Basildon Crown Court heard.

He has been placed on the sex offenders register after being found guilty of the assault.

Abbas, 26, described as a “devout Muslim”, has also been ordered to attend a sex offenders’ group programme, to pay £500 compensation to his victim and £1,400 in legal defence costs.

He will remain on the register for five years, on probation for 36 months and will have to do 80 hours of community service.