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Cleaner guilty of sexual assault

PUBLISHED: 21:00 07 June 2005 | UPDATED: 05:54 02 March 2010

A SUPERMARKET cleaner who sexually assaulted a colleague in a warehouse corridor is today waiting for the courts to decide his punishment.

Following a trial at South East Suffolk Magistrates court, Moses Katjaimo, a cleaner at Tesco, Copdock, was found guilty of pinning a female co-worker between two stacks of bread and groping her breast.

A SUPERMARKET cleaner who sexually assaulted a colleague in a warehouse corridor is today waiting for the courts to decide his punishment.

Following a trial at South East Suffolk Magistrates court, Moses Katjaimo, a cleaner at Tesco, Copdock, was found guilty of pinning a female co-worker between two stacks of bread and groping her breast.

The 31-year-old, of Cobbold Street, Ipswich, pleaded not guilty when he appeared at court saying he rarely spoke to the woman.

However his victim said he approached her two or three times every day when she was at work in the weeks leading up to the assault.

She said he made excuses to brush past her and asked for her telephone number and to take her out on dates.

On the day of the attack, in October last year, she had earlier told a manager of her concerns.

She had also asked other members of staff to accompany her through the store so the pair were not left alone.

Speaking in court on Thursday, she said: "He kept following and looking at me and I kept trying to avoid him.

"I went out the back of the store to get something for a customer and he came into the corridor and grabbed me.

"I asked him to get off but he wouldn't.

"It probably only all lasted a few seconds but it felt like it went on for ages."

Katjaimo, a contract cleaner for Norwich-based Enterprise Clean, denied claims he harassed the woman.

He said he was making a joke about swapping name badges and only touched her to place an imaginary badge on her top.

A Tesco staff member who witnessed the incident said in court: "I saw her wedged between two of the cages, the cleaner had her there.

"He had his hand on her breast and she couldn't get free. It made me feel sick."

Katjaimo is due to be sentenced on June 22.


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