Rangers title celebrations Alleged sex offender cleared of assault on 14-year-old fan

A man was cleared today of sexually assaulting a teenage Rangers fan during the club’s title celebrations.

Mohammed Gadribo, 37, allegedly assaulted the 14-year-old girl in Glasgow city center on March 7, 2021.

Gadribo allegedly touched the girl’s breasts over her clothes in George Square.

He was further accused of dragging her to the ground, rubbing her body against hers and attempting to place his hands under her clothes.

Gadribo was found not guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court for the sexual assault. He was found guilty of a separate charge of breaching coronavirus regulations, but was reprimanded.

Sheriff Matthew Jackson QC said there were ‘inconsistencies’ between statements made by the girl and her friend, who was a witness, to police.

Rangers fans celebrate their Scottish Premiership victory in George Square

He added: “With respect to identification, in the circumstances, I conclude that the Crown has failed to meet the high standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

“I find Gadribo had no reasonable excuse or essential purpose for being where he was.”

The married Libyan asylum seeker earlier claimed he went to George Square after being invited by friends for ‘fresh air’.

He testified that he had not known or seen the girl or her friend that day.

Gadribo – a first offender from the city’s Tollcross – nodded after saying “I made a mistake” before leaving the dock.

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