A man who was arrested and charged for a serious sexual assault has pleaded guilty just days after his attack. Akrin Akinniran, 34, was charged on Monday, 22 October with sexual assault.
Police were called on Sunday, 21 October to reports of a serious sexual assault on Lower Clapton Road, E5 in London.
The victim, a 29-year-old woman, had exited a private hire vehicle and was walking along Lower Clapton Road. She was approached from behind before the suspect tried to speak to her.
The woman told the suspect to leave her alone and tried to walk away, however the suspect grabbed her and started kissing her neck. He then pulled the woman into an alleyway and continued to sexually assault her.
The woman was able to get away and ran to a man who was walking down the road. She asked him to call the police. As he was doing so, the suspect approached the victim and the witness and told him to hang up the phone and stop calling the police.
As the suspect was coming closer the woman screamed and the suspect ran off from the scene.
Officers arrived and collected CCTV footage from a fast food restaurant and took the woman to an east London police station.
On Monday, 22 October, Akinniran self-presented himself to an east London police station after seeing pictures of him circulating on social media which had been taken by a witness. He claimed that he was innocent and gave a different account of events from that night.
Officers searched the property where he was staying and found the identical items of clothing worn by the suspect in the photographs.
Later that day, he was charged with sexual assault and remanded in police custody to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 23 October where he pleaded guilty.