An 18-year-old man has been electronically tagged and issued with a curfew following a string of sexual offences against lone women in Barnet.

Bradley Ikegwuru, 18, of Russell Lane, Barnet, was sentenced on November 28 at Willesden Magistrates’ Court having admitted guilt to three counts of sexual assault of a female in at the same court in October 2017.

Ikegwuru has learning difficulties, which were taken into consideration when his sentence was given along with his guilty plea.

Detective Constable Dan Llewellyn, of Barnet police, said: “We are glad to have secured this sentencing for Ikegwuru for these attacks on lone women, which were extremely upsetting for the victims.

“I hope this gives them some small degree of comfort and reassurance that their assaults, and those of any other victims of sexual assault, have and will be taken very seriously and investigated thoroughly by the Metropolitan Police Service.”

On March 1, 2017 at around 6pm, Ikegwuru approached a 19-year-old woman in the Oakleigh Park area as she was walking home, and began commenting on her appearance and following her before pinching her.

As the victim turned to confront him, Ikegwuru ran away.

On May 4 at around 11.50am, a 35-year-old woman noticed Ikegwuru was watching her as she parked her car in York Way, Whetstone, and soon realised he was following her.

As she sped up he grabbed her by her shoulders, causing her to fall to the ground and as uhe victim began to fight back Ikegwuru had exposed himself, but a passing vehicle interrupted the assault and Ikegwuru ran away from the scene.

Finally, on May 24, a 28-year-old woman was walking home in the Oakleigh Park North area at around 9.40pm when she became aware of Ikegwuru following her.

She ran towards her home but he caught up and grabbed her as she approached her apartment, and fondled her breasts before her boyfriend heard the attack and chased Ikegwuru away from the scene.

In the second and third incidents, the victims searched the area via car after they were assaulted and spotted Ikegwuru in the Russell Road area, and officers were able to enquire and find his address.

Ikegwuru was issued with a rehabilitation order requiring him to wear an electronic tag for 12 weeks and observe a curfew at his home address between 8pm and 6am for 100 days, and he must register as a sex offender for 30 months and was given an indefinite restraining order, forbidding him from approaching or contacting the victims.

He was arrested on June 1 and charged on June 2, and was then successfully identified during ID parades.