22nd Jul, 2019

Man jailed for assaults on trio of women

Malvern Editorial 1st Apr, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A CARE worker who sexually assaulted three different women has been handed a 12-week jail term.

Basalinmon Mathai, of Poolbrook Road in Malvern, was found guilty after a trial at Worcester Magistrates Court and was sentenced at the same court last Friday (March 27) for touching the victims without their consent.

Mathai intends to appeal the decision as he has pleaded not guilty throughout.

Owen Beale, prosecuting, said the 41-year-old grabbed each woman by the arms and restrained them so they could not move away before he attempted to kiss them. The assaults happened several times over the last two years.

He also said the defendant kissed one woman on the neck and rubbed the others’ ear making them ‘feel dirty and nervous’.

“He grabbed her arms and made attempts to kiss her three or four times, she was moving her head from side to side to avoid his kisses,” Mr Beale said.

“She cold not move as he was pushing her arms together.

“She said ‘you know I’m with someone you used to work with, and he replied ‘I know, I like what I see.’ He stepped back and she was able to step around him.”

The court heard the incidents would only happen when the victims were alone with Mathai and that one of the women attempted to avoid being on her own with him.

District Judge Nigel Cadbury added: “I have to sentence you for three series of offences on three different victims.

“I accept that the touching was not the most serious but there are aggravating features which include the persistence of your behaviour towards each victim and the targeting of younger victims.

“Although they were not extremely vulnerable they were vulnerable to an extent and you have to take your victims as you find them.

“For two of the three it had significant emotional effects on them, it is seriously effecting their lives and own relationships with their then partners.

“For this reason, I have no hesitation in concluding that only an immediate sentence of imprisonment is appropriate.”

Mathai was sentenced to 28 days in prison for each offence, to be served consecutively.

District Judge Cadbury said the term would have been longer but as Mathai does not speak very good English, he said the defendant would find it very difficult in prison and would feel very isolated.

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