July 2020

Mohammad Abdullah pushed victim to floor and held her by throat in attempted rape

This man attempted to rape a young woman after punching her in the face during a terrifying attack in Weymouth town centre.

Mohammad Abdullah, aged 23 and of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court to seven years in prison in 2020 after being found guilty of attempted rape at an earlier trial at the same court.

Dorset Police said the incident took place at around 4.30am on Saturday, May 18, 2020 when the victim, who was 18 years old, was walking alone through the town centre when the defendant approached her and offered to walk with her.

As they reached a block of flats, Abdullah forced his victim into a communal hallway and pushed her to the floor before holding her by the throat when she screamed for help.

He then punched her twice to the face as she tried to get away and forced her to the floor again, holding her arm behind her back.

Abdullah attempted to undress his victim but a passer-by heard her screams and went to her aid. The defendant fled the scene.

Police were called and officers attended. Following enquiries, Abdullah was arrested at an address in Poole the following day. He initially gave his age as 16.

The judge also ruled that Abdullah would serve an additional four years on licence.