Nicussor Ion was sentenced to a total of 16 years imprisonment for offences including attempted robbery, sexual assault and attempted sexual assault committed during two separate attacks on women. Ion, who had previously been imprisoned in Romania for robbing women, had been in the UK less than a month before committing the offences. The women were attacked as they walked through the underpass of the Target Roundabout in Northolt. During one of the attacks Ion held a knife to the victim’s throat before sexually assaulting her. Both women gave evidence at his trial choosing to do so without screens and electing to face the man who had attacked them. His Honour Judge Phillip Matthews sentenced Ion to the 16 year term. He also found Ion “dangerous” within the meaning of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and imposed an extended sentence with an additional licence period of 5 years.
Claire Harden-Frost is a member of the criminal team at 9 Gough Chambers and specialises in prosecuting serious sexual and violent offences.
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