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Kosovo refugee admits sex assault

PUBLISHED: 14:16 24 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

A REFUGEE living in Ipswich sexually assaulted a woman on the town's streets and then hid in undergrowth while police hunted for him.

A REFUGEE living in Ipswich sexually assaulted a woman on the town's streets and then hid in undergrowth while police hunted for him.

Naim Ramadani, who fled from Kosovo three-and-a-half years ago admitted indecently assaulting his 50-year-old victim on April 24 this year when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court.

Ramadani, of Kingston Road, was remanded in custody for around three weeks after Matthew Gowan, representing him, asked for a pre sentence report to be prepared.

He is due to return to the same court to learn his fate in August.

The 24-year-old sex attacker was arrested in undergrowth on wasteland near the railway line embankment following a massive police search triggered by an emergency call from a passer-by.

The caller reported a man dragging a woman in the area of Burrell Road and Willoughby Road in the early hours of April 24.

Police units, including Suffolk Constabulary's helicopter, scoured the area for the suspect aided by officers from British Transport Police based at Ipswich rail station near the scene.

Hi-tech thermal imaging equipment on the aircraft located Ramadani in dense undergrowth at the back of a property along Willoughby Road.

The victim was left "shocked and bruised" by her ordeal, a spokeswoman from Ipswich police said at the time.

The attack happened as Ramadani was returning from a town nightclub. He grabbed his frightened victim after she crossed the road to avoid him. He forced her to the ground where he indecently assaulted her before pulling her to her feet again.

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