A man described as a ‘manipulative sexual predator’ has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in Southwark yesterday (10 Feb)

William Gordon, 34, was found guilty of one count of sexual assault, four counts of assault by penetration and two counts of common assault by beating, following a six day trial at the Old Bailey Police have said.

He will be sentenced on a date TBC. The court heard that at Gordon followed the victim as she walked and sexually assaulted her for the first time.

The victim managed to get away, he chased her and then further assaults took place. The victim called out and continued to try and fight Gordon off and eventually he fled the scene. Thankfully someone had heard and called the police.

Detectives from the Met’s Central South Command Unit launched an investigation immediately following the assault.

Gordon had also followed three other lone women that same night in the lead up to the incident. Officers also found that Gordon had followed a woman a week prior to carrying out this attack.

Detective Inspector Sharon Steel of the Central South Command Unit, said: “At every opportunity Gordon has failed to acknowledge any wrong-doing and has instead chosen to put both the victim and witnesses in this case through a full trial.

“William Gordon is a manipulative sexual predator who poses a serious danger to women and today the jury have rightfully convicted him. That night he was clearly targeting lone women before he carried out this prolonged attack.

“I would especially like to commend the bravery of the victim in this case, she has helped to make sure that this dangerous offender has been rightfully convicted on all seven counts.”

(Image and source: Met Police)

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