"She was so scared she started to pray"
Nazakat Hussain, aged 42, of Balsall Heath, Birmingham, was jailed for two years after he exposed himself to a schoolgirl.
Birmingham Crown Court heard that footage of the incident was shared on social media and Hussain was later beaten up in a “vigilante” attack.
At around 4 pm on December 15, 2020, Hussain emerged from an alleyway as the girl walked in Heybarnes Road, Small Heath.
He exposed himself and told the schoolgirl: “Come here.”
She put her head down and continued walking but Hussain pursued her, still shouting at her, and she sought refuge in a newsagent.
Still exposing himself, Hussain followed her into the shop where she ran behind the counter. Hussain went behind the counter and tried to grab at her.
The girl tried to scare him off with a lighter, threatening to burn him.
The cashier tried to call the police and the girl was screaming.
Ilana Davis, prosecuting, said: “She was so scared she started to pray and he then turned his attention to the shop and started to take cigarettes from behind the counter.”
The cashier tried to close the door to the cigarettes but Hussain grabbed cash from the till.
Miss Davis said Hussain fled the shop with £200 in cash and around £30-worth of cigarettes.
CCTV footage of the incident was later shared on social media, which resulted in Hussain being beaten in the street.
He was recognised from the images and was later arrested.
At an earlier hearing, Hussain admitted robbery and exposure.
James Turner, defending, said Hussain had been subjected to a “vigilante attack” and left in hospital after the CCTV footage was shared.
He explained that his client had an addiction to Class A drugs and his mental health was poor at the time of the offence.
Mr Turner said: “He was suffering from auditory hallucinations and believed himself to be Adam and the complainant to be Eve.”
He added that the robbery had been opportunistic and Hussain had been mortified by his behaviour.
Judge Avik Mukherjee told Hussain that it was “worrying behaviour” and added:
“This was prolonged and you pursued the complainant.”
“I am satisfied, in all the circumstances, this was the targeting of a lone young female.”
Judge Mukherjee also said that the incident had a “devastating” effect on the victim.
Birmingham Mail reported that Hussain was sentenced to two years in prison.