Ephrem Kassay, 38, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty at Newport Crown court.
A Newport man has received a sentence of 10 years in prison after being found guilty in court.
Ephrem Kassay, 38, appeared at Newport Crown Court on Friday 4 November where he was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault by touching and one count of actual bodily harm following trial.
The offences, which took place between January and February of this year, relate to three separate incidents where Kassay followed two lone women and a teenage girl. On the first occasion, his victim was able to get away from Kassay. The offender followed and sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the second instance, and in the final instance, he pushed a woman off her bike and punched her in the face before sexually assaulting her.
Detective Constable Georgia Dunne and Detective Constable Matt Emberton, the officers in the case, said:
“We’d like to thank all three victims for coming forward and reporting these incidents to the police. They have shown tremendous bravery and courage throughout the investigation and the court process, including giving evidence at trial.
“Ephrem Kassay is a dangerous man, and we welcome the sentence provided by the courts and hope that he uses this time to reflect on his actions.
“We also hope this outcome shows other victims of sexual assault that they will be listened to, believed and respected. We take all allegations of sexual assault very seriously and if a report is made to us, we investigate it thoroughly.
“We want to reassure anyone considering doing so that there is a whole range of support out there; not only from Gwent Police but from partner agencies who can help you through the entire process.”
Kassey was sentenced to 10 years in prison and will remain on the sex offenders register indefinitely.