January 2021

Southampton man tried to rape woman in her sleep

A “predatory and opportunistic” sex offender attempted to rape a woman as she slept.

Amro Badawi has been jailed for 13 years following a sexual assault in a flat above a Southampton restaurant.

The 28-year-old was found guilty of attempted rape and sexual assault by penetration following a five day trial at Southampton Crown Court in December.

Badawi, of Mandela Way, Southampton, who had been working as a chef at the time of the incident, was found not guilty of a single count of rape.

The court heard how in the early hours of August 11, 2018, the woman awoke to a man lying behind her, sexually assaulting her. The woman froze in fear before the man then attempted to rape her.

According to police, she managed to shout and push him off her, before he returned to his room – which he was renting in the same flat as she was temporarily staying in.

It was heard that it was once the man had stood up that she saw it able to identify him as Badawi, and told police what happened to her.

During sentencing, Judge Christopher Parker QC branded him a danger to women and said his behaviour had been “predatory and opportunistic”.

He jailed him for 13 years.