Woman feared being
raped when dangerous
offender punched her
in face in Bradford


BRADFORD: A dangerous drug addict has been given an extended prison sentence after carrying out a violent sexualised attack on a vulnerable woman he grabbed and pulled into his room.

Shamal Hussain struck when his victim was inside an apartment block in the Bradford district where he was living at the time, Asiam Image has reported.

The crack cocaine and Spice addict with a history of abusing women was this week given an extended nine-year sentence at Bradford Crown Court with a four-year custodial term and five years on closely monitored licence.

Shamal Hussain

Hussain, 35, of no fixed address, must serve at least two thirds of the four years behind bars, the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Richard Mansell QC, said. The Parole Board will then decide if it’s safe to release him.

Hussain told a string of lies to the police when he was arrested shortly after the attack at 11pm on a night last summer.  Hussain denied the assault until the day of his trial in January when the woman had attended court to testify against him.

He then pleaded guilty to unlawfully and maliciously wounding his victim with intent to do her grievous bodily harm. He grabbed the woman, pulled her into his room and locked the door, the court heard.

He threw her on the bed, punched her repeatedly in the face and took down her trousers and knickers. The terrified woman feared she was going to be raped, Prosecutor Chloe Hudson said.

She fought him although he kept trying to pull her back. She managed to pull her clothing up and flee. She was found lying on the ground with bruising and bleeding to her face.

The woman was treated at Bradford Royal Infirmary for injuries including a fractured left eye socket.

Hussain told a tissue of lies to the police saying his victim and a fictional man had tried to rob him and he was the one who had been hit.

He had 35 convictions for 75 offences, including assault and breaching restraining orders taken out by two of his former partners. He was on licence at the time from a 40-month burglary sentence.

Glenn Parsons said in mitigation that Hussain was a paranoid schizophrenic. Two psychiatrists had decided that he was mentally impaired and would benefit from a Hospital Order.

Mr Parsons said that such treatment would help to protect the public from Hussain in the future. He invited Judge Mansell to sentence him in a way that would allow him to be transferred from Leeds Prison to a mental hospital.

But Judge Mansell said Hussain had been ruled highly dangerous by his probation officer.

He had grabbed the woman, pulled her into his room and thrown her on his bed. He punched her repeatedly around the head and pulled down her clothing in an attempted sexual assault.

Judge Mansell said he dealt her ‘a horrendous beating,’ degrading her by taking down her trousers and knickers.

Hussain had a long history of drug abuse and he was on prison licence at the time.

He had breached restraining orders in the past after abusing former partners.

Judge Mansell said he posed a high risk of serious harm to women, including professionals working with him. Hussain had ‘a track record of domestic violence’ before he subjected his victim to the beating.

A Hospital Order was not sufficient to punish him or to protect the public from him. His mental disorder was exacerbated by his use of Spice and crack cocaine and he had never shown any previous willingness to engage with probation officers or mental health professionals.

Judge Mansell made an indefinite restraining order banning Hussain from having any contact with his victim in the future.