A man who sexually assaulted a young woman at Gatwick Airport has been jailed.

Hassan Alsaadi approached the woman and assaulted her in a dark area outside the South Terminal at night.

The victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was alone in the smoking area of the terminal at around 7.45pm on November 14, 2022, when she saw Alsaadi hiding in the buses nearby.

He approached her and sexually assaulted her.

The Argus: Hassan Alsaadi was jailed for five monthsHassan Alsaadi was jailed for five months (Image: Sussex Police)

At Hove Crown Court on January 19, Alsaadi, 33, formerly of Kingston Hill in Kingston, London, was jailed for five months after being found guilty of sexual assault by touching.

He was placed on the sex offenders’ register for seven years, with the court imposing a sexual harm prevention order, including a requirement for him to disclose the criminal conviction to any new partner in future.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Kirstie Prentice of Gatwick CID said: “This was an isolated incident where Alsaadi targeted a young woman who was alone at night.

“After working in partnership with Gatwick’s security team, he was swiftly identified and arrested by our officers.

“The incident continues to have an ongoing impact on the victim’s life.

“I would like to praise her courage for coming forward and reporting her experience and for her resilience through the court process.

“This case demonstrates that we take all reports of sexual assault seriously, and we encourage all victims to come forward to report their experience to us.”

Information about the support available for victims of sexual assault is available on the Sussex Police website.