A SEX offender gave a woman the so-called 'zombie-drug' Mamba before he assaulted her by groping her breasts outside a Worcester hotel.

Mohammed Khalid Hussain was found guilty of the assault during a trial at Worcester Crown Court as a senior officer praised the victim's courage. 

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The 35-year-old was found guilty and sentenced to 14 months, reduced to 11 months as he was already serving a sentence and had previously been on remand for the matter.

Hussain will be placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years and the judge imposed a restraining order to protect the victim for five years.

Hussain carried out the attack outside the Fownes Hotel in Clare Street on June 25, 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown.

DC Pete Ryland, officer in the case, said: "Hussain has approached the victim and offered her a spliff, unbeknown to her it was Mamba.

She subsequently suffered a ‘Mamba’ attack whereby she was physically disabled/stupefied.

"Hussain then purposely and for his own gratification touched the victim’s breasts.

"The attack was witnessed and he was physically pulled away from the victim."

Hussain was cleared of administering a substance with intent to stupefy/overpower to allow sexual activity but convicted of sexual assault on a female.

The jury found him not guilty on count one, but guilty for count two by an 11 to 1 majority verdict.

DC Ryland, who spoke to the victim, said: "She describes the impact of the sexual assault as psychologically long lasting and she is still coming to terms with what Hussain did to her.

"With the support of agencies and counselling she is hoping to put this behind her. She expressed positivity at the result, in particular the five year restraining order to offer long-term protection, and expressed gratitude towards the OIC and the extended Integrated Offender Management Police team for their professionalism and support through the investigation and trial."

He added: "West Mercia Police take all reports of this nature very seriously and will always seek to secure a conviction. This is part of our continued commitment to keep the wider community safe.

The victim in this case showed courage in coming forward and resilience throughout the trial."