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Sexual offender sentenced to three and a half years

A man has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison after sexually assaulting a woman on Tower Bridge. 

Romeo Nicolae, 33, of Pulleyns Avenue, Newham, London, pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault by penetration at Inner London Crown Court on Friday 5 October 2018. 

The court heard how in the early hours of Friday 3 August 2018 Nicolae approached a woman walking alone across Tower Bridge who had been out socialising with work colleagues. The woman headed into a stairwell where she was grabbed by Nicolae who put his hand between her legs and attempted to kiss her.

Nearby security staff alerted the police immediately after seeing the offence unfold on CCTV and Nicolae was arrested less than an hour later. 

As well as his jail sentence, Nicolae will be put on the sexual offenders register indefinitely. 

Detective Inspector Anna Rice of the City of London Police’s Public Protection Unit said:

“This was a horrific crime where an individual has taken advantage of a vulnerable woman. 

“The City of London Police is committed to bringing predatory individuals like this to justice and we hope today’s verdict brings some comfort to the victim.  

“I would like to praise the actions of nearby security staff whose quick thinking and intervention resulted in a rapid police response.

“We’re fortunate in the City that, statistically, crimes like this are rare, but when it does happen it can be devastating for the victim.

“Full support is available from the City of London Police for those who have experienced crimes of this nature.”

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