May 2016

Bexhill man jailed after sexually assaulting woman and girl


A Bexhill man was jailed for eight weeks after sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl and a 36-year-old woman in the town.

Sanjay Mahalingam, of Wickham Avenue, who works at a fast food restaurant in Ninfield Road, was charged with two sexual assaults on two separate women, on Sunday, May 8, and Thursday, May 12.

The 27-year-old approached the woman who was walking along Sidley Road, and after briefly engaging her in conversation, he touched her indecently over her clothing on the Sunday at around 2pm.

Just four days later Mahalingam approached the girl in nearby Watermill Lane, and suddenly touched her indecently, again above clothing before making off.

Information from witnesses and police enquiries led swiftly to his arrest that same day.

The victims were not physically injured but both were very shaken and upset by what happened to them.

Mahalingam appeared at Brighton Magistrates Court on Friday (May 13), pleaded guilty to both charges, and was sentenced to four weeks imprisonment for each offence, to run consecutively.

He will also be a registered sex offender for five years.