May 2015

Man who attempted to kidnap 13-year-old girl jailed

PRISON: Ismail Uradde

A teenager narrowly escaped being kidnapped when she was grabbed by a stranger on her way to school.

The 13-year-old only managed to break free when two parents saw Ismail Uradde trying to drag her away and stepped in to rescue her.

As the terrified youngster fled across Blackpool Road, she was almost hit by a truck in her efforts to get away from the stranger.

Less than half an hour earlier, Uradde had stopped a young teaching assistant in her tracks and tried to persuade her to go with him, Preston Crown Court was told.

Now Uradde has been jailed for two years after admitting the bizarre spate of attempted abductions and common assaults in which he threatened to get a gun.

Judge Heather Lloyd commended the two parents who intervened to help the youngster to safety as they walked their own children to school.

During the sentencing hearing, the court heard Uradde, 26, was high on drink and drugs when he firstly approached the teaching assistant close to the junction with Miller Road, Ribbleton.

The woman said he was so close to her that she could feel his spittle on her face as he asked her for a light and told her she was pretty.

He asked her to go with him but the woman said she had a boyfriend and was not interested. Uradde followed her but she pushed past him, threatening to punch him and call the police.

Shortly after Uradde, of no fixed address, approached the schoolgirl in a newsagent’s and attempted to pass her his phone number. He asked the girl – who was wearing her school uniform – to go with him and if she knew anyone over 16.

The youngster ignored him and carried on her way to school but Uradde followed her on to a pedestrian crossing and grabbed her by the arm, trying to pull her away.

Two parents saw what was happening and the woman told the girl not to go with Uradde, to which he replied: “Don’t start on me. She can come with me if she likes. I’ll knock you out right here in front of your kids. I’ve got a gun.”

The woman moved her own children away and the schoolgirl fled across Blackpool Road towards home – across the path of a oncoming lorry.

At this point Uradde became aggressive towards the man – Lee Warner – bouncing on his toes and adopting a boxing stance, before punching him in the head.

The schoolgirl’s mother – who had gone out to find the man after seeing her daughter terrified and distressed when she arrived home – spotted Uradde.

He asked her if she was all right and she told him “No. You have just really freaked my daughter out,” threatening to “batter him”.

The police arrived but Uradde’s behaviour was so out of control it took a number of officers to restrain him and put him in the back of the van.

During the course of his arrest he assaulted a number of officers and spat in one PC’s face.

Judge Lloyd said: “This was a particularly unpleassant incident for all involved, particularly the schoolgirl who thought he was going to kidnap her.”

The court heard Uradde – who usually lived in London with his mother – had been “sofa surfing” since the death of a close family member.

He had turned to drink and drugs and did not remember the incident, although he accepted he needed to stop abusing substances.

Judge Lloyd told him: “She (the schoolgirl) was terrified. She feared she was going to be taken by you. (Onlookers) very bravely confronted you. You punched Mr Warner as you were shouting that you were going to get a gun.

“It took six officers to get you out of the van when you arrived at the police station and you were physically and verbally abusive towards them.

“The alarming fact is that I see from your pre-sentence report that this is not behaviour that is unusual for you.

“You have previous convictions for assaulting random strangers and your last conviction was against a lone female who was driving her car. You tried to open her car door and were abusive towards her.

“This is a significant escalation in your offending and in the past your response to community orders has been poor.

“Any attempted to abduct a child is serious. Two lone females were approached. Several people were assaulted. Despite the early hour you were very intoxicated.

“You say you were out of control that day. It may well be that you are out of control in your behaviour when you drink but you were not so out of control that you were unable to walk or to go into a shop and buy something.

“If you continue to drink and abuse your body you will commit further offences and be sentenced to longer terms of imprisonment.”