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AN asylum seeker who subjected a woman to a terrifying sex attack and then racked up a £250,000 legal bill with courtroom delaying tactics has finally been jailed.


Mohammadullah Khan, 20, from Afghanistan, pounced on the 26-year-old as she got off a bus in the early hours of the morning, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Khan forced her to the ground and muffled her screams with his hand during the horrifying assault in Maida Vale, west London, in July last year.

But even though he pleaded guilty he has since stymied the courts five times to avoid being sentenced.

Since February, when Khan first pleaded guilty, he has tried to retract his plea, twice sacked his solicitors, refused to work with his barristers, translators and probation officers, and demanded unnecessary psych­iatric reports.

The farcical case has cost the taxpayer more than £250,000 in court and prosecution time, legal aid, translation and interpreters’ fees.

Yesterday at Southwark Crown Court frustrated judge Peter Testar refused to hold off any longer and jailed him for five years.

Khan, who came to Britain in 2007 to escape the war, faces automatic deportation when his sentence is up.


Tory MP Nick de Bois said: “Finally a judge has used common sense to send this man to jail. We rightly want to ensure that defendants get a fair trial and get a robust defence.

“But I hope judges will not tolerate clear abuses of our system like this, and ensure that where there is abuse the guilty end up getting the maximum possible sentence.”

Remorseless Khan repeatedly swore and shouted “conspiracies” throughout yesterday’s hearing.

But refusing to let sentencing be delayed yet again, Judge Testar hit out at him for pleading guilty at the last minute then changing his attitude to “a denial of the offence”.

Khan, of no fixed address, was given five years detention in a young offenders institute. He will be transferred to an adult jail when he turns 21.

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