Man jailed following social media appeal

A man who was alleged to have sexually assaulted and stalked a woman in Colchester before being identified by two teenage victims who recognised him in a social media appeal has been jailed.

Following trial, Samuel Apenteng, 33, of Bardsley Close, Colchester, received 10 months for sexual assault, two month sentences for two counts of stalking, to run consecutively, and six months for stalking involving fear of violence, to run concurrently, at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday (21st November).

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Police had reported a woman bravely took a picture of Apenteng on Friday 30th June, after it was alleged he had stalked her for three months and had sexually assaulted her.

The woman reported that Apenteng would often make personal comments to her about her appearance and clothing and these comments made her feel uncomfortable and caused distress.

Police issued the photograph on social media and to the press after it was taken and received calls from teenage victims.

The victims alleged Apenteng had harassed and had made lewd comments towards them – even turning up to their homes and places of work.

Detective Inspector Kev Hughes, of Colchester CID, said: “Apenteng’s actions are deeply concerning and caused the victims, including young girls, to feel harassed and frightened.

“During repeated inappropriate contact with the victims, it is clear Apenteng believed he could act and say what he wanted to his victims – who did nothing more than bump into him while out in town.

“I would like to praise them all for their bravery and courage in coming forward. I would like to personally thank the courageous woman who took Apenteng’s photograph, which resulted in other victims coming forward following our social media appeal.

“Throughout the investigation and trial Apenteng has failed to show any emotion or remorse and has continued to deny the offences. I believe our communities can only be a safer place with him locked in a prison cell.”