A Hackney nail technician who sexually assaulted two teenage girls has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Minh Chi Lam lured one victim to a nail bar in Mare Street, Hackney after dark so he could attack her.
The 18-year-old victim had gone in on Friday, March 11, to ask for a lunchtime appointment but he told her to return at 7.40pm. When she arrived she realised she was the only customer there.
Shortly after starting work on her nails, Lam, 58, of Myrtle Street in Hackney, began talking about sex. When she did not respond he gave her compliments and asked about her sex life. He then suddenly leant over and grabbed her jacket collar, unzipped it to expose her and assaulted her.
When the shocked teenager stood up to leave he became aggressive and grabbed her wrist, pulling her into a back room where he exposed himself. She tried to escape but found the basement steps too steep.
Lam told her to sit down so he could finish her nails and the scared teenager complied, fearing she had no option.
Afterwards the victim went to wash her hands at a basin and Lam approached her from behind and further sexually assaulted her.
During the attack he boasted of sexual encounters with his customers and police believe he may have assaulted others who have not yet come forward.
He allowed the 18-year-old to leave only after she agreed to return to the salon to spend further time with him. She later called the police and Lam was arrested and charged. He appeared in court on May 14 and pleaded guilty to sexual assault and sexual assault by penetration on an 18-year-old woman.
At the time of this offence Lam, a British citizen originally from Vietnam, was awaiting trial having been arrested and charged on Monday, July 6, 2015, with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at Supreme Boutique in Amhurst Road, Hackney. He subsequently admitted all charges.
He was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court for four-and-half years for both attacks on Monday, May 23.
Temporary Detective Constable Karen Feasey, of the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “Minh Chi Lam duped the victim into believing she was going to get her nails done.
“However, his sole intention was to lure the victim to the nail bar in order to sexually assault her, completely abusing her trust.
“I would like to thank the victim for her courage throughout the investigation.
“I believe the sentence reflects the serious nature of the allegation and that justice has been served; the victim can now try to move on with her life.”
Detective Inspector Neil Rawlinson, of the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “Lam told the victim in this case that he’d had sexual encounters with a number of customers and it is entirely possible that he has committed other offences.
“I would urge anyone who has suffered at his hands to come forward in the knowledge that we have dedicated teams of specialists to support them.”
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