A well-known bar and nightclub photographer who subjected a student to a sustained sex attack on her doorstep after following her home from a night out in Leamington has been jailed.
Bikramjit Baden, known as Bik, had denied sexually assaulting the young woman during an incident in March, but a jury at Warwick Crown Court last month found him guilty by a unanimous verdict, as we have previously reported.
And following an adjournment for a pre-sentence report Baden, aged 39, of Victoria Street, Leamington, was jailed for three years and ordered to register as a sex offender for life.
During his trial the jury heard that on March 5 the victim went out to a Leamington night club and left about 1.30am.
At a junction she noticed Baden eating take-away food – and as she passed him he said: “Hi pretty lady.”
She ignored him and continued on her way, but he began to follow her, making further comments which she also ignored but took out her mobile phone in case she needed it.
When Baden followed her onto the drive of her home the student, who was ‘shaking and terrified,’ told him: “You don’t live here. I think you should leave.”
But as she put her key in the lock to open the door, he came up behind her and punched her to the head before continuing to rain blows on her as she cried out for help.
Baden grabbed her by her hair and tried to pull her to the ground, and she feared she was going to be raped as he then grabbed her round the waist with one hand and put his other hand up her skirt and sexually assault her.
Fortunately at that point, having heard her shouts, her housemate opened the door and Baden fled as she ran inside.
The police were called and a police dog followed Baden’s scent from the scene until losing it in a park near his home.
But a CCTV operator who recognised him searched the Loose Box bar website and retrieved a photograph of Baden who a CCTV camera showed leaving at 1.46am that morning. Badensaid he was well known and popular around bars and clubs in Leamington, acting as a photographer for a website called Residentclubber. He denied being responsible for the attack.
He claimed he was on medication which had affected his sexuality, that that he considered himself to be sexless.
And following the adjournment for the pre-sentence report to be prepared Nick Devine, defending, conceded: “The report is of little assistance because he continues to deny this offence.”
Mr Devine said that prior to the incident Baden had been ‘of positive good character,’ having worked for a long time in a profession which required regular CRB checks because of regular contact with young people.He also carried out community work, particularly through a Sikh temple, and was the primary carer for his elderly mother.
And Mr Devine added: “It seems to be an utter break from his normal behaviour, and it came completely out of the blue.”
Jailing Baden, Judge Richard Griffith-Jones told him: “You have committed a very grave crime.
“It is grave because it strikes at the root of the self-confidence that women are entitled to feel as they socialise and move about between where they are socialising and their homes. This attack on an intelligent young woman has all the hallmarks of the sort of nightmare which so worries young women when they are out.This will have a lasting effect on the way she lives her life in the future.”