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Terrifying attack after chat-up line is rejected

A MAN forced his way into a terrified young woman's home and refused to leave after following her and ignoring her rejection of his chat-up attempts, a court heard.

Abdine Housein (24) jumped into the woman's hallway when she opened her front door, then refused to leave, despite her shouts of protest and attempts to push him back out.

The victim, an Italian national in her 20s, had to run from her south Dublin home in fear to escape the situation, and the accused was found nearby by gardai and arrested.



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She had been walking home through Ranelagh in the early hours of the morning when Housein, who she had never met before, approached her.

A judge has ordered a pre-sentence probation report on Housein to investigate "his attitude to forcing his presence on a woman when she doesn't want it".

Judge Ann Watkin said she did not accept the accused's "innocent" story that he was "looking for a friend at four o'clock in the morning", or that he left the victim's doorstep without entering the house.

Housein was found guilty of trespassing at Beechwood Avenue Lower on October 10 last year.

The defendant, a Sudanese national of Hatch Street Lower, Dublin 2 had denied the charge.

aphelan@herald.ie