16 October 2021 13:10

Muhammad Khan avoids jail despite ‘indecent assault’ and ‘sexual touching’ women in Melbourne

Khan was caught on CCTV approaching a woman from behind at the bar of the Carlton Club and grabbing her buttocks, dragging a finger up her legs.

Muhammad “Bilal” Khan, aged 40 and father of two, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court tp plead guilty to indecent assault and three counts of sexual touching women.

His lawyer, Amelia Beech, said he had been terminated from his high paying job as a financial services employee after media reporting on his sex crimes.

According to news.com, his lawyer said the “breadwinner” was feeling “enormous stress and distress” after he was given the sack and the charges had a “huge impact on him”.

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Khan was a senior employee at AB Phillips where he earned $120,000 a year, the court heard.

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Image source: Victoria Police.

Khan, a serial public masturbator, ejaculated on women at music festivals and on public transport.

A police statement of facts reads that he left his DNA behind when he masturbated onto three women from behind in three separate incidents over four years.

On 8 February 2015, a woman at the St Kilda Festival felt something warm on her back and turned around to see Khan buttoning up his pants. She felt something wet and realised he had ejaculated onto her top and jeans.

On 8 February 2017, another woman was catching a tram from Flinders Street to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in the CBD when Khan touched her leg and ejaculated onto her dress.

On 4 March 2018, Khan again ejaculated onto a woman, this time at the Brunswick Festival.

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On 18 October 2019, Khan was caught on CCTV approaching a woman from behind at the bar of the Carlton Club and grabbing her buttocks, dragging a finger up her legs.

Khan’s lawyer told the court that her client moved to Australia from Pakistan in 2009. She added that Khan found it “overwhelming” and had anxiety over women in Melbourne.

Magistrate Hartnett said she intends to sentence Khan to a community corrections order with the condition he undertakes an offence-specific treatment program. She added that Khan needed treatment for his own benefit and for the benefit of the community.

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