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Man jailed after admitting Bristol city centre sex assault

Yousef Al-Alawi

A man who admitted sexually assaulting a woman he did not know in Bristol city centre has been jailed for 12 months.

Yousef Al-Alawi, 21, of Roseberry Park, St George, yesterday (10 April) appeared at Bristol Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault by touching and another of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.

The court heard his DNA was found on his victim.

The incident happened on a set of steps which run between Bristol Cathedral and the Marriot Hotel during the early hours of Sunday, 15 July last year.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Joscella Thomason said: “This was an extremely distressing ordeal for the victim and I’d like praise the bravery she showed following the incident and thank her for supporting our subsequent investigation.

“Al-Alawi had no choice but to admit he was responsible for the attack due to the weight of evidence against him.

“I welcome the custodial sentence given to him and I hope it shows the public how seriously we treat sexual assaults of all kinds.”

If you don’t want to report a rape or sexual assault to the police, you can call The Bridge  – a Sexual Assault Referral Centre available 24/7, 365 days a year, on 0117 342 6999

The Bridge provides medical care and emotional and practical support to anyone affected by rape and sexual assault. You can call The Bridge for help and decide about talking to the police later.