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Immigrant,22, pushed woman to ground then assaulted her

PUBLISHED: 17:37 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 15:53 16 August 2010

AN UNEMPLOYED immigrant who was allowed to remain in the UK despite sexually assaulting several women struck again within days of his prison release.

AN UNEMPLOYED immigrant who was allowed to remain in the UK despite sexually assaulting several women struck again within days of his prison release.

Mohammed Kendeh, 22, from the Beckenham area is due to be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on October 16 after pleading guilty to attacking a woman at allotments near Thayers Farm Road in Penge on July 17 this year.

The 28-year-old had a jacket thrown over her head before being pushed to the ground, threatened and her purse snatched out of her hand. Kendeh was arrested nearby shortly afterwards.

Kendeh was only released from prison earlier on in July this year after being jailed in February 2005 following two guilty pleas to two counts of indecent assault in March 2003. Again, he had only been out of a detention centre for a week when he committed the first of these offences after serving a sentence for burglary.

In November 2007 Sir Henry Hodge, the UK's leading immigration judge ruled that Kendeh should not be deported to his native Sierra Leone despite the Home Office stating that he had a high chance of re-offending.

Hodge's reasoning was that it would breach Kendeh's Human Rights to have a family life.

At the time of his decision, one of his victims, Gabrielle Browne, waived her right to anonymity as a victim of sexual assault to speak of her devastation at the ruling.

Mrs Browne, 42, believes she would have been raped by Kendah, who was just 16 at the time, had she not fought him off with kicks after he pounced on her in a park in Camberwell in 2003.

Training for the London marathon, Mrs Browne had been running through the park but as she turned a corner Kendah blocked her path and dragged her into bushes before pulling down her shorts and underwear.

She told reporters: "He groped me, but I had my legs free and I kicked him as hard, as violently and as frequently as I could, and after a few minutes he ran off and sprang over a railing."

Kendah was arrested shortly after assaulting Mrs Browne and pleaded guilty on the first day of the trial. Since then he has been in and out of jail for sexual offences, robbery and burglary.

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