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Gurnam Singh Sandhu in court accused of sex assaults on woman and girl in Gillingham and Maidstone

A serial pervert has been convicted of committing two sex assaults, including one on a 16-year-old girl.

Gurnam Singh Sandhu, 45, of Linden Road, Gillingham was arrested in Gillingham on Monday and later charged with sexual assaulting a woman in Gillinghamon Friday August4 and a 16-year-old girl at the rooftop car park of The Mall,Maidstoneon Monday August 14.

Sandhu appeared before Maidstone Magistrates Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to both attacks.

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He was remanded in custody to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on a date to be confirmed for sentencing.

It is not the first time he has been in court for sexually assaulting a woman.

Sandhu was convicted of attacking a mum as she walked her children to school several years ago - but he escaped being put on the sex offenders’ register.

Sandhu was only ordered to address alcohol issues after he admitted the assault on the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

At the time, Sandhu, was 41, and the court heard he held his hand out to wish the woman happy new year as she was walking with her children in the Tideway, Rochester, in January 2012.

Not wishing to be rude, the woman held out her hand to shake his but as she did so, he pulled her towards him, held his body up against her and tried to kiss her on the lips.

The woman turned her head but Sandhu still managed to kiss her on the cheek.

She pulled away and left with her children and reported the matter to police.

Maidstone Magistrates' Court
Maidstone Magistrates' Court

Sandhu, was given a 12-month community order by Medway magistrates, which would involve him completing the alcohol treatment requirement and give him help with mental health issues.

Anyone given a 12-month community order for sexual offences should be ordered to report to police within three days to sign on the sexual offenders’ register for five years.

However, this did not happen at the last hearing because of an oversight, so Sandhu appeared in court again so the case could be reopened for magistrates to consider the matter.

Robert Weston, defending, told the bench that sentencing guidelines indicated the offence was at the lower end of the scale.

He added: “If the order is lowered to under 12 months, he would not have to be placed on the register.”

Magistrates said they didn’t think it was necessary to place Sandhu on the register so they shortened the community order to 11 months and 14 days.

Lois Birrell, chairman of the bench, said: “You are not leaving court in any different situation as when you came in, take this as an opportunity as much as a punishment.”

When he was originally sentenced, Sandhu was ordered to pay £200 compensation and £85 costs, these still applied.

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