IN September 2023, Ali Ay was sentenced after he sexually assaulted seven women walking alone on the streets of north London over a two-year period.
Here we take a look at who Ali Ay is, if he received time behind bars, and what the CPS has said following his sentencing.
Who is Ali Ay?
Ali Ay, born May 31, 1981, is from Muswell Hill in the London Borough of Haringey.
In October 2021, Ay was arrested at his home address, after he targeted women walking alone on the streets of north London in Kentish Town, Islington, and Archway – on seven separate occasions over a two-year period.
Between April 2019 and October 2021, Ali Ay approached the victims whilst dressed in women’s clothing.
This included tutus, fishnets and tights, before exposing prosthetic male genitals and sexually assaulting a number of his victims.
Ali Ay also showed some of the victims images of male genitalia as he attempted to engage them in a conversation.
Police investigating the attacks were able to use CCTV footage to identify the vehicle used by Ali Ay – which was traced back to his home address and eventually led to his arrest.
Upon arriving at his property, officers uncovered a number of female items of clothing and sex toys that were present during his attacks.
Did Ali Ay receive a prison sentence?
Following his arrest, Ali Ay was charged with ten counts of indecent exposure and nine counts of sexual assault.
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In 2022, Ali Ay appeared in court where he pleaded not guilty on all counts.
He first appeared before Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court where his case was then sent to Snaresbrook Crown Court.
In September 2023, he was sentenced to a period of 20 months imprisonment suspended for two years after appearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
He was also made subject to a Sexual Harm Protection Order for eight years.
What has been said about Ali Ay?
Following his sentencing, Melissa Garner, who is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit for CPS London North, said: “Ali Ay accosted his victims whilst they walked alone late at night in north London.
“He wore women’s clothing to lure his victims and make them initially feel at ease in his company. He told them that he was gay and that they should not be frightened. He then took the opportunity to sexually assault a number of them.
“The prosecution case included CCTV footage and strong witness testimony. We were also able to present a number of the items used by Ay in the attacks including tights and tutus.
“Women should feel safe to walk the streets without fear of attack. The CPS remain committed to prosecuting sexual offenders.”
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