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Ex-Bristol City goalkeeper Sesay jailed for sexual assault in nightclub toilet

Former Bristol City goalkeeper Alhaji Sesay has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of serious sexual assault.

Sesay, 22, spent three years with Bristol City, and Bristol Crown Court heard how he had achieved his dream of becoming a professional footballer.

However, his career now lies in “tatters”, according to defence lawyer, Sophie Shotton.

A jury heard how Sesay committed a serious sexual assault on a woman in the female toilets of a Bristol nightclub in July 2019.

Having been arrested and released under police investigation, he then targeted a second victim in the toilets of a nightclub in London.

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Sesay, of Barnfield Gardens in London, was convicted of one count of rape and two of attempted rape following a three-week trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Handing down the 10 year prison sentence, Michael Cullum told Sesay: "In some ways you are a brazen sexual predator.

"To that extent you are dangerous.

"There's a risk, if you are released today, of you acting in a similar way.

"But you are not going to be released today.

"You are not going to be released for many years."

The first complainant revealed how she had suffered significant trauma as a result of the attack.

In an impact statement she said: "I am left in a constant state of hyper-vigilance.

"I see the worst of people when I used to see the best."

The second complainant admitted that her anxiety disorder had become worse as a result of the attack.

She stated: "I look at men differently now.

"I wonder if they are dodgy and what they are capable of?

"Anything can happen, anywhere."

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Shotton, defending, said: "This is a young man whose career is now in tatters.

"Football has been all he's known from a very young age.

"It was the only career choice because of his limited education.

"He came to the UK with the intention of furthering his education and furthering his career in football and the intention of making his mother proud and supporting her financially."

DC Toby Hayes of Bristol CID, said: “Alhaji Sesay is a predatory sexual offender who would brazenly target women at random at nightclubs.

“CCTV footage gathered during the police investigations showed him going into female toilets, where he carried out his attacks.

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“The victims have all been through a harrowing experience. I want to pay tribute to their incredible bravery and courage for reporting the offences committed against them, for giving crucial evidence in court and for supporting our investigation, which has resulted in this dangerous sexual offender being brought to justice. I would also like to thank the many members of the public who assisted with our enquiries and helped to ensure justice was served.

“Due to the nature of Sesay’s offending, it’s possible there are other victims out there who haven’t yet reported incidents to us. I would encourage them to place their faith and confidence in the police and come forward. You will be listened to, believed and respected. If you don’t want to speak to the police, please speak to someone.”

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