"she was pulled into the bushes to her right."
Omar Alam, aged 50, of Oldham, has been jailed for life after he dragged a lone woman into some bushes. He was previously convicted of rape.
The terrifying incident happened as she waited for the bus on Palatine Road, Withington, Manchester.
Manchester Crown Court heard that on July 25, 2019, the woman had finished work at 4:30 pm and was waiting for the bus.
She soon spotted Alam staring at her which made her feel “nervous and uneasy” so she looked away.
Prosecutor Matthew Curtis said:
“A couple of minutes later, she felt an arm come around her shoulder and her neck.
“With force, she was pulled into the bushes to her right.
“The defendant said, ‘It’s OK, you’re coming with me’.
“The force of the defendant’s elbow forced into her throat left her without breath and without any power to fight back.”
As Alam dragged her away, he pushed a sharp object into her side, causing a scratch to her lower back.
When he forced her towards the church grounds, the woman shouted: “Help.”
She threw her purse to the ground thinking he would take it, but Alam ignored it and said:
“Shut up, you’re coming with me.”
The incident came to an end minutes later when a passing driver beeped their horn and shouted:
“Get off her.”
In a statement, the victim said she had to take sick leave from work and has since quit her NHS job.
She said the attack had affected her relationships and her when in social situations.
Mr Curtis added: “She felt fear and anxiety, she became anxious and felt like she’d let others down.”
Alam was convicted of kidnap and kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence.
He also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and failing to notify of a change in circumstances whilst he was still subject to the Sex Offenders’ Register.
Alam was convicted of rape in February 2005 and sentenced to six years imprisonment as part of a 15-year sentence.
In mitigation, Kay Driver said: “His stance has not changed, he still denies the offence.
“I am not seeking to minimise the seriousness of the offence, clearly this was a very frightening offence which has had a long-lasting effect on the complainant.
“But I would say on his behalf that the length of the detention was brief.
“There was some planning but it was not sophisticated.”
Judge Alan Conrad QC:
“You present a continuing risk to the public, in particular to women, of sexual and physical violence.”
“You are, in short, every woman’s living nightmare.”
On September 8, 2021, Alam was jailed for life to serve a minimum of six years and 25 days in prison before he is considered for parole.
After sentencing, Police Sergeant Chris Turner said:
“This was an absolutely terrifying ordeal for the victim who was simply trying to get home after a day at work and I am very pleased that Alam has now been taken off the streets.
“I would like to thank the victim for her bravery in helping us with our investigation and the members of the public who stepped in to help following the incident.
“I’d also like to thank Rachael Yarwood from the Crown Prosecution Service and the prosecution Barrister in the trial Matthew Curtis, both of whom have been outstanding in making sure that Alam has been brought to justice.”
Senior Crown Prosecutor Rachael Yarwood, of CPS North West, said:
“These offences have had a devastating impact on the victim’s life.
“She showed incredible bravery in giving evidence against her attacker.
“Without her evidence, we wouldn’t have been able to secure this conviction and sentence, which will protect the public from Alam in the future.
“I hope today’s sentence will bring her a measure of comfort.”