A FORMER University of Chester student who groped seven young women on buses has been jailed for a year.
Sherif Elsayed, 33, of Cheyney Road, Chester, sexually assaulted the students as they travelled to their accommodation at Lancaster University.
At the time of being charged, in 2011, police said Elsayed had been residing at the Lancaster campus although he was actually a student in Chester.
The defendant, an Egyptian national, handed himself in to police after a press appeal.
A father-of-one, Elsayed initially denied the attacks but later pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to seven counts of sexual assault. He was sentenced last month.
At the time of the attacks, Elsayed was living at Lancaster University’s Bailrigg Campus with his student wife. But he was a post-graduate business student at Chester University and carried out the attacks on buses while travelling home from classes in the early evenings, in late 2011.
Elsayed would sit beside the women and engage them in conversation before sexually touching them. Some moved seats but had to push him out of the way as he would not let them past.
Others got off the bus early to walk the rest of the way home in the dark because they feared for their safety.
Det Con Brian Shepherd, of Lancaster CID, who investigated the cases, said: “The victims were all young female students aged from 18 to their early 20s. As Elsayed grew in confidence, the crimes became more serious.
“A couple of the young women were left quite traumatised by it and the fact it should happen on public transport when they were just making their way home.”
DC Shepherd paid tribute to the women for coming forward.