Footballer. 27, jailed for two years after sex attack on sleeping woman, 23, who he stripped to her underwear and touched inappropriately
- Salim Kouider-Aïssa preyed on the 23-year-old at a flat in Kirkintilloch in 2021
- He stripped to his underwear in bed and touched the woman inappropriately
A Scots footballer who carried out a sex attack on a sleeping woman was jailed for two years yesterday.
Salim Kouider-Aïssa preyed on the 23-year-old at a flat in Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire, on October 31, 2021.
The 27-year-old Airdrie forward stripped to his underwear in bed and then touched the woman inappropriately.
He claimed he went into the bed to ‘get a good sleep’ and believed the woman was awake.
The victim told a jury about the horrific attack hours before Kouider-Aïssa was named in the Airdrie squad for their promotion play-off match against Hamilton in May.
Salim Kouider-Aïssa, 27, was jailed for two years yesterday after he carried out a sex attack on a sleeping woman
The club sacked Kouider-Aïssa after he was convicted at Glasgow Sheriff Court for sexual assault.
Sheriff Matthew Jackson, KC, said: ‘Prior to this conviction you held a position that many can only dream of. That position, status and reward is now lost to you.
‘I recognise your defence has been put that you were someone who had the reasonable belief she was consenting. That defence was rejected by the jury and it is not difficult to understand why.
‘She woke up to find herself being sexually assaulted by a man she barely knew in a horrific fashion.’
The first offender, of Kirkintilloch, was put on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.
The woman told the court she met the footballer at a friend’s flat after a night out. She went to a spare bedroom alone at 5am, with Kouider-Aïssa warned by a friend to stay in the living room.
Prosecutor Mark Allan asked the woman for her next memory.
She said: ‘I woke up and I could feel someone behind me, that’s when I realised what he was doing.’
Mr Allan asked who was behind her. She replied: ‘Salim.’ The woman added: ‘I woke up really shocked, I went into bed myself and was shocked to have someone behind me.
‘I was shouting, “What are you doing” and he said, “I thought you were awake, what have I done?”.
‘It wouldn’t matter if I was as there was no consent.’ Mr Allan asked how that morning made her feel for the days and months that followed.
The woman replied: ‘Horrendous, so anxious about everything, it is so horrible that someone could do that to you.’
The attacker handed himself into police later that day.
Kouider-Aïssa told jurors he was not able to get comfortable sleeping on the couch. He said he went into the bed ‘to get a good sleep’ and lay beside her.
He claimed he removed his clothes as he was hot during the night and he admitted rubbing the woman’s leg and kissing her neck.
Graeme Brown, defending, told the court: ‘Because of this conviction, it will be extremely unlikely that he will be able to play football at that level again.’
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