Local News & Archive — January 29, 2016 at 10:06 am — Updated: January 29, 2016 at 10:06 am

Towyn ‘predator’ jailed for teenager attack



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A Chinese man who groped a teenage girl after following her through Colwyn Bay has been jailed for three years.

Dawei Zhang was convicted by a jury of sexually assaulting the 16 year-old in July 2014. The judge praised the girl for quickly reacting to the incident by using a voice recorder on mobile phone.

Zhang, who has been living in the UK on a study visa since 2009, was arrested on Station Road soon after the attack. He followed the girl, who was meeting up with friends at the beach, and claimed he was looking for a new model.

After being groped twice, she alerted police, who caught Zhang after being given a description – he was also identified via the conversation recorded on her phone, CCTV footage and in an identity parade.

In a victim impact statement, the teenager, who can not be named, said she had suffered bad dreams and panic attacks since the incident.

Sentencing Zhang at Caernarfon Crown Court, Judge Philip Harris-Jenkins told him: ”Your behaviour was nothing short of predatory. When she tried to escape, you grabbed her bag and clothes and pulled her back towards you. Fortunately, she was able to break away from you and escape. How much further you would have gone, you only know.”

The judge told the victim she was a ”brave, young woman and a credit to your family” whose quick-witted decision had impressed him.

Zhang must also sign the sex offenders’ register for life. Reacting to his jail sentence, North Wales Police said he was starting a prison term for ”a frightening and sustained attack.”

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