"This is a targeted pattern of offending against young women."
Mohammed Rihan Umar, aged 25, of Wyke, Bradford, was jailed for two years and eight months after he stole a teenager’s knickers and also performed a sex act in the street.
The prosecutor Dave MacKay told Bradford Crown Court how on March 15, 2019, Umar went into a house in Wyke through an open door and took a pair of knickers belonging to a 19-year-old from a wash basket.
Umar triggered an outside light, resulting in the woman’s father going into the kitchen where he found Umar and chased him out of the house.
The man then saw Umar standing in his drive. He went to confront him before calling the police.
Umar was arrested and bailed after admitting the burglary at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court.
On April 7, 2019, at 9 am, Umar was spotted on a street in Wyke looking through a house window. He then put his hand down his trousers and started to masturbate while laughing.
A woman saw him and scared him away by running at him with her dogs. Umar hid behind a car and he later ran away when the police were called.
Once again he appeared at Magistrates Court and admitted outraging public decency and breaching a restraining order previously handed to him.
He received the restraining order when he was given a two-year suspended sentence. He had broken into a family’s home and gone into a girl’s bedroom at 10:30 pm.
The girl later found Umar in her parents’ room sniffing her knickers.
Mr MacKay explained: “The burglary victim said she feels unsafe in her own home, and does not want him around and is scared of what he might do.
“This is a targeted pattern of offending against young women. Masturbating outside a house is serious and distressing.”
Umar pleaded guilty to burglary, outraging public decency and breaching a restraining order.
Abdul Shakoor, mitigating, said it was “clearly serious offending”.
He said: “Mr Umar is in the lowest percentile of intelligence and has a mild learning disability.
“He has a supportive family who have said they will supervise him to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
Judge Jonathan Rose stated that it was a “sad and troubling case”.
He said: “It’s sad because you suffer from a learning disability that I’m quite sure has some bearing on your behaviour.
“It doesn’t make you behave the way you do, but have less control of your behaviour and the public need to be protected from you.
“My greatest fear is what you are going to do next.
“I’m going to send you to prison but my fear is it won’t assist you at all, because you cannot be assisted.”
“My fear is what will happen when you come out of prison, and as long as your parents are unable to protect the public from you there is little to be done to stop you from offending in the future.
“You have abnormal sexual desires that prison will do nothing to correct. But there is no alternative to prison and the public must be protected from you for the foreseeable future.”
The Telegraph and Argus reported that Mohammed Rihan Umar was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.