A man who carried out a series of violent assaults on three women in a matter of minutes in Neasden will be sentenced in November.
Kamil Bitdorf, 23, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court to one count of assault by strangulation with intent to rob and one count of assault with intent to rob. He pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault, but was found guilty last Thursday after a four day trial.
On Sunday May 4, a 32-year-old woman was grabbed from behind as she walked towards Brent Park bus station. Her attacker covered her mouth and neck and pushed her into the stairwell of a car park where he sexually assaulted her.
Soon afterwards a second woman, in her 40s, was walking through an alleyway leading to Brendon Avenue near Brent Park when a man grabbed her around the neck from behind and dragged her along the ground. He then put both hands around the woman’s throat and strangled her to stop her screaming before running off.
Minutes after the first two attacks, a third victim was attacked as she walked along an alleyway parallel to Neasden underground station. The victim was aware of a man behind her so increased and decreased her pace but he copied her. She stopped and pretended to use her phone so that he could pass her. He walked up to a house, and assuming that he lived there, she carried on walking into the subway. She then heard running footsteps behind her before her attacker grabbed her from behind and held in a bear hug. The 24-year-old victim was screaming and shouting for help, before her attacker released her and ran off when another woman walked into the subway.
Officers found the man hiding between parked cars, and once the man identified himself was matched to CCTV footage in relation to the first attack, they arrested him and brought him in for questioning.
During interview, he denied that the attacks were sexually motivated. He was charged the following day and remanded in custody.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Karen Beck of Brent CID said: “We welcome this result at court. Bitdorf is a violent individual who has committed a catalogue of serious offences against three female victims.
I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the strength and character shown by the victims. I hope that the convictions and subsequent sentencing will provide some form of closure for them.”