A 20 year-old Oxford law student gets nine-months’ porridge after conviction for “sustained assault” on a young woman that left her with a broken nose
A second-year law student’s place at Oxford University hangs in the balance after he was jailed for nine months last Friday following a conviction for an assault resulting in actual bodily harm.
Abdulrahman Abdelsalam attacked a fellow student in Oxford’s Plush nightclub last year, leaving her with a broken nose.
According to online newspaper the Oxford Mail, the jury heard that Abdelsalam — who had been a star schoolboy prior to attending the elite university — became “very aggressive” after the female victim poured a drink over his head.
According to the Oxford Mail, in sentencing Abdelsalam, Judge Ian Pringle said:
You turned to her, becoming very aggressive, and said to her ‘I’m going to **** you up’. She was terrified but had no time in which to move in order to prevent you from punching her full in face
It dropped her to the ground and when she got up you continued to hit her on her face.
The victim — fellow student Jeanne Marie Ryan — posted a “no makeup selfie” on her Facebook page after the attack showing the full extent of injuries to her face. Ryan — who was forced to put her studies on hold as a result of the attack — has since raised almost £17,000 for the Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre after the selfie went viral.
Representing Abdelsalam, barrister Toby Long, from Noble Solicitors in Wembley north-west London, made submissions for a community sentence, claiming the law student had behaved out of character and deeply regretted his actions.
Rejecting that appeal for leniency, Judge Pringle said:
I would be failing in my duty if I were to not pass a sentence today of imprisonment.
Abdelsalam, who lives in Colindale, north London, was acquitted of sexual assault.
A spokesperson for Oxford University told Legal Cheek:
The university regards violent behaviour as unacceptable. Any student convicted of an offence carrying a possible custodial sentence is automatically referred to the university proctors.
Oxford University law student guilty of serious assault on woman in local nightclub [Legal Cheek]