‘He thought victim moving her glasses was a “positive sign”’ – Sunderland sex attacker blames drugs for ‘misread signals’

Court story
Court story
Have your say

A MAN has admitted launching a sex attack on a woman after he “misread signals”.

Hadi Rashede claims he thought his victim adjusting her glasses as she talked was a “positive sign” that she wanted him.

The 29-year-old, of River View House, Sunderland, was due to face trial, but he pleaded guilty to sexual assault and causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent before a jury was sworn in to hear the case.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the attack happened in July, and Rashede, on drugs at the time, has since had trouble coming to terms with what he did.

Bob Spragg, defending, told the court: “He got into his head that, because of the drugs, when she moved her glasses at one point, it was a positive signal. Clearly, it was quite the opposite.

“It is because of the drugs, he accepts, that the signals were misread.”

Rashede will be sentenced on January 20 and was remanded in custody in the meantime. Judge Paul Sloan adjourned the case for the preparation of a pre-sentence report to assess what risk Rashede may pose in future.

The judge told him: “The fact I am adjourning sentencing and directing the preparation of a report is not an indication of the sentence.

“All sentencing options remain open, and that does include custody.

“In the meantime, you remain in custody.”