“Left me feeling vulnerable and unsafe”: man avoids jail after sexually assaulting woman he met in bar

A 40-year-old man who pretended to be a “Good Samaritan” to a woman in order to sexually assault her has avoided jail.

Samuel Solomon, 40 and of Sheffield, pleaded guilty to sexual assault and voyeurism at Woolwich Crown Court.

His 20-month sentence was suspended for two years.

The victim, a woman in her 20s, was in a pub in Borough in April last year when she met Solomon.

When she told him she didn’t have enough cash to get home, he invited her back to where he was staying.

She went to sleep, but woke up the next day partially clothed.

Solomon denied sexual contact, but investigations later revealed graphic images of her on Solomon’s phone.

A test confirmed she had been sexually assaulted.

The victim spoke out after the trial, saying she has been left “feeling vulnerable and unsafe”.

“The worst thing about it all has been the not really knowing what happened. I now go out with the assumption that all men want to attack me or take advantage of me,” she said.

“I was always a very confident and outgoing person with a very active social life. I now feel as though I cannot be myself with anyone and that I cannot behave in a way that is natural to me.

“The whole experience has left me feeling vulnerable and unsafe. I question everyone’s motives now, especially men’s. I have not been able to have a normal relationship since and I do not anticipate being able to trust anyone enough to have a normal relationship in the near future.

“I hope one day I can put this behind me, but at the moment there is not a day that doesn’t go by that I don’t think about what happened.”

And DC Aidan Kersley added: “Solomon showed predatory instincts in carrying out this attack on a vulnerable woman. While it could not be proven that the victim’s drink was spiked, it was clear the victim did not consent to sexual activity.

“Solomon took advantage of her and documented his abuse by taking pictures on his phone. I would like thank the victim for having the strength to report this to police and support this prosecution through the courts.”

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