An Algerian illegal immigrant who sexually assaulted an eight-year-old girl while she shopped for her mother’s birthday present at Madame Tussauds has been jailed for five years.
Ouldkount Belabbas, 42, kissed and led the child away while she was deciding how to spend her pocket money in the gift shop at the world famous London tourist attraction.
The “highly predatory” paedophile is believed to have lived in the country illegally for 13 years prior to the offence but shortly after being arrested claimed asylum in the hope of avoiding deportation.
After pinning the child in a corner of the gift shop, Belabbas began touching her chest until a group of Venezuelan tourists stopped him, Southwark Crown Court heard.
Sentencing, Judge Alistair McCreath said: “This defendant had been, in the time preceding the commission of these offences, in the habit of going to Madame Tussauds.”
Lesley Jones, prosecuting, told the court that since his arrest, Belabbas had applied for asylum.
She said: “He is an Algerian national known to the immigration authorities. At the time of his arrest he had not made a claim for asylum and had failed to sign with the immigration authorities.”