Alleged sex attacker 'who groped six women in the same underpass' has his case adjourned after telling the court: ‘No speak English’
- Hasan Alkhabbaz is accused of sexual assaults in Joe Strummer Subway, London
- The Islington man was due to have his case heard by Westminster magistrates
- But the judge was forced to adjourn after an agency interpreter wasn't booked
- She banned the 22-year-old defendant from all underpasses while he is on bail
Hasan Alkhabbaz, 22, allegedly committed six sexual assaults on women walking through Joe Strummer Subway in central London.
Mr Alkhabbaz grabbed genitals and slipped his hand up skirts while lurking in the underpass where The Clash’s frontman used to busk, Westminster Magistrates' Court was told.
Prosecutor Aislinn Rice said: ‘This is targeting a number of women and he’s grabbing different parts, their bottom or genitals, mostly over clothing but also with his hand under skirts.
‘The Crown say it’s very much targeting females in isolated areas.’
But Mr Alkhabbaz's case had to be adjourned because an Arabic interpreter hadn’t been booked.
When District Judge Nina Tempia asked for Fayez’s address, he replied: ‘No speak English.’
The judge explained the court would have to book an interpreter through an agency and adjourned the case until tomorrow at 2pm.
‘We have got an interpreter who has left his stuff, but we have to book it through the agency.'
She banned Mr Alkhabbaz from subways while on bail.
‘From now onwards you mustn’t use any underpass.’
When it became clear Mr Alkhabbaz didn’t understand the word underpass, she attempted to clarify.
‘Underpass, where you have been allegedly committing the offences in the underpass, you know what I mean.
‘You mustn’t use them, because this is what the police say, that’s where you’re committing these offences, where you are touching the women.
‘I’m saying you are not allowed to use the underpass.’
She then told a friend who had attended with him to explain his bail conditions to him in Arabic.
Mr Alkhabbaz, wearing a grey t-shirt and black jeans, nodded as his friend explained.
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