Gravesend man jailed for broad daylight sexual assault, claiming he took legal high called Annihilation hours before

PUBLISHED: 15:01 19 September 2013 | UPDATED: 15:02 19 September 2013

A Gravesend man who sexually assaulted a woman in broad daylight after claiming he had smoked a legal high has been jailed.

Arjun Sehgal was sentenced to 18 months behind bars after initially denying assaulting a 29-year-old woman on July 9 last year.

The 21-year-old changed his plea to guilty three days into his trial at Maidstone Crown Court on July 17 and claimed he had taken a legal high just before the attack.

At his sentencing at Southwark Crown Court on Monday Sehgal was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

The Lamorna Street resident followed the victim and attacked her near a block of flats in Homemead Close. He had to be pulled off the woman by a member of the public before he was chased and caught.

During his police interview Sehgal insisted he had smoked a synthetic cannabinoid legal high known as Annihilation, passing out four hours before the attack.

He claims the next thing he knew he was being sick inside a police car.

Investigating officer Det Con Simon Williams said: “Despite pleading guilty during the trial, Sehgal showed no remorse for his actions. Hopefully a spell behind bars will give him ample opportunity to think about the consequences of not only his actions that day, but also in using a legal high and then trying to use it as a defence to claim he could not remember the incident.

“I hope the sentence will go some way to allowing the victim, who has displayed tremendous strength and courage over the last year, to move on with her life.”

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