Student touched woman's bottom in Baa Bar and then harassed her outside

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A Good Samaritan rescued a woman who had been grabbed by a student in Nottingham city centre and taken off into an alleyway.

A judge praised the actions of the unknown woman who jumped in to help the terrified 18-year-old victim.

Restaurant worker Carlos Cardoso, a second-year university student, disappeared with her and pushed her to the ground near Baa Bar in Goose Gate.

He touched the area around her ankles and her knee on July 31 last year.

Cardoso, who works at Wagamama at night, had earlier touched her bottom inside the club. She left alone, but he pursued her and grabbed her.

Nottingham Crown Court heard Cardoso then left the scene.

The distressing incident was reported to bar staff and police.

But he was only caught two weeks later when he returned to Baa Bar and the manager recognised him.

After his arrest, he pleaded guilty at court to harassment by putting a person in fear of violence on two separate occasions.

Judge Timothy Spencer QC, who sentenced him on Wednesday, September 13, said more than one person had acted highly commendably to the victim.

And he gave Cardoso, 27, of Manvers Street, Sneinton, an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for one year, and a five-year restraining order.

The judge said he should pay £500 towards court costs, so he "might need more shifts at Wagamama" - but that it was "all part and parcel of learning your lesson".

Of the incident, he said he suspected the defendant had been attracted to the woman, from the Derby area, and had made an advance of some sort in the club.

"Then you pursued it outside and she didn't welcome your attention," he added.

The victim said she "felt in shock and bewilderment", in a statement read out by prosecutor Jeremy Janes.

Afterwards, she was shaking and sat on the kerb "crying my eyes out".

"I was so distraught in the first few days I didn't even leave the house," she said.

Cardoso was represented by solicitor Claire Moran, who said her client, a man with no convictions, had made a foolish decision to follow the woman.

He is studying accountancy and finance, and works at Wagamama full-time every evening.