Tow truck driver called ‘predatory’ and ‘brazen’ after sexually assaulting woman trying to sell his car while on bail for almost same offense
A predatory tow truck driver stopped sexually assaulting a teenager who refused to sell his car when he was bitten by his dog.
But three months later – while on bail for the assault – Irshadul Abdullah attacked a 21-year-old in almost identical circumstances.
The former speaker spontaneously stopped his tow truck in front of the 18-year-old’s house on October 22, 2021, offering to buy her car for $250.
A “predatory” tow truck driver has been charged with assaulting a 21-year-old woman while he was out on bail for assaulting a teenage girl three months earlier.
When she refused, the 52-year-old woman approached and offered $350, which she also refused.
Abdullah put his arms around her shoulders and told her she would have to sell her car so she could continue buying nice clothes.
When she pulled back, he moved closer, tried to kiss her cheek and ran his hand up her thigh, down to her buttocks and chest.
The father-of-six left after being bitten by the teenager’s dog, but was charged and released on bail on November 12.
Two months later, he went to the home of a 21-year-old woman to tow her car as part of a plan to sell it to another person for $700.
As he handed her a receipt after negotiating the deal, Abdullah grabbed the woman and pulled her towards him, pressing her body firmly against his, according to a Queensland Court of Appeal judgment.
Tightening his grip, he kissed her cheek several times and tried to kiss her lips.
Abdullah was arrested in February 2022 and released on bail after a day.
After pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault, he was sentenced last month to a total of 18 months in prison, suspended after five months.
An application for leave to appeal the sentence on grounds of error of fact and manifest excess was dismissed on Tuesday by Chief Justice Helen Bowskill.
The man was sentenced to two years in prison last month after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault.
She described Abdullah’s behavior as predatory, intimidating and completely unacceptable.
“The sexual assault was brazen, not fleeting and involved some persistence on the part of the plaintiff, as the plaintiff pulled away, moved and tried to push him away,” Chief Justice Bowskill said of the first offense .
Sexual motivation appears to be the main contributor, even though Abdullah claims to be showing appreciation, a forensic psychologist found.
Abdullah emigrated from Afghanistan in 2014 with his wife and children due to uncertainty over his work as a lecturer and threats to his family life.
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