Women 'sexually assaulted in Queen queue by man who jumped in Thames to escape'

by 24britishtvSept. 17, 2022, 7 a.m. 13
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Two women were allegedly sexually assaulted as they waited to see the Queen’s coffin lying in state, a court has heard.

Adio Adeshine, 19, allegedly exposed himself to mourners stood near Victoria Tower Gardens on Wednesday evening, just after Westminster Hall opened its doors to the public.

He also allegedly touched the back of the two women.

The 19-year-old then leapt into the River Thames, a court heard today. He later emerged from the water and was arrested.

Adeshine was remanded in custody today after appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. He has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

‘Just two days ago the defendant was part of the queue to see the resting in state of Queen Elizabeth II,’ said prosecutor Alex Alawode in court.

‘The defendant repeatedly followed one of the complainants.

‘The complainant believes he had pushed in the queue and noticed he kept getting close to her, which she found alarming.

‘By 7:30pm the defendant was getting closer to her. She believed he was touching her back and she described the defendant pushing into her.’

Adeshine then allegedly exposed his penis to a woman. She passed a note to her sister informing her of what had happened, the prosecution said.

Others in the queue then stood between them to create some distance between the complainant and the defendant, Mr Alawode added.

The court heard how Adeshine walked away from the group before allegedly carrying out the same behaviour towards a different woman.

Mr Alawode added: ‘The defendant was described as making attempts to get away. He went into the River Thames to evade the police before being arrested coming out of the river.’

Adeshine of Walworth denied two sexual assaults and two breaches of a court order at Westminster Magistrates Court today.

Adeshine will remain in custody until his next hearing date at Southwark Crown Court on 14 October.

Refusing to grant bail, Deputy District Judge Tan Ikram explained: ‘I have substantial grounds to believe that if released you have a substantial risk of reoffending.’

It comes as a man was arrested after he appeared to ‘rush’ towards the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall.

Footage streamed from within the building, where the late monarch is lying-in-state, paused around 10pm.

When it re-started, it was noted that the Royal Standard flag draping the coffin had been moved.

The man was reportedly ‘taken to the floor’ and removed from the hall as shocked bystanders watched on.

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