Jailed thug who punched 16-year-old girl unconscious in shocking random street attack is 'too scared to leave cell'
Michael Ayoade, 34, ran up behind Tasneem Kabir as she walked to college and smacked her around the headAyoade jogged away as the 16-year-old lay unconscious on the ground in Plaistow, East London, bleeding and with broken teethAn insider at the prison where he is being held said he is 'petrified of reprisals'
14:56 GMT, 2 December 2012
A thug who has been remanded in custody after admitting punching a 16-year-old girl unconscious in a random street attack is too scared to leave his cell, it has today been claimed.
Michael Ayoade, 34, left petite teenager Tasneem Kabir with broken teeth, a bleeding lip and a bruised face in the attack before he jogged away, leaving her out cold on the ground.
But powerfully built Ayode, who has a distinctive scar across his cheek, is said to be petrified there will be reprisals for him after the assault was captured on CCTV and spread across the internet.
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Shock attack: CCTV footage shows Ayoade approaching his victim from behind (left) and hitting her around the head (right) as she walked alone to college in east London
Ayoade told police he had felt 'intimidated' by his 16-year-old victim, Thames Magistrates' Court heard
According to The Sun, he insists on
eating his meals in the cell and having guards to escort around HMP
Thameside in South East London.
A source told the paper: 'He's
absolutely petrified. It is absolutely disgusting what he did to that
poor girl. I thought the young lady in question would be quietly pleased
to hear this information.'
He was arrested thanks to an anonymous
tip-off after police released CCTV footage of the shocking attack,
which showed Ayoade casually jogging away while Miss Kabir lay
unconscious on the ground.
Ayoade later told police that the
petite 16-year-old 'didn't have a friendly face', that he was
'intimidated by her' and that she 'made me feel like a pauper with her
He said he couldn’t cope with 'taking an insult from a little person like that'.
He pleaded guilty
to assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Thames Magistrates' Courton November 24, following the daylight attack in Plaistow, which left the teenager
with three broken teeth, a split lip, and bruises and grazes on her
Thug: Ayoade lashed out at Tasneem Kabir in broad daylight as she walked alone in east London
Ayoade's ferocious punch knocked Miss Kabir out cold
After falling to the ground, Miss Kabir was left with three broken teeth, a bleeding lip, and cuts and bruises on her face
The sudden blow left the teenager – who fell face first onto the concrete – unconscious
The CCTV footage showed Ayoade casually jogging away while Miss Kabir lay unconscious on the ground
had left home with her brother shortly after 12.30pm on November 13, but
realised she had forgotten her phone and went back to retrieve it as
her brother walked on.
Bandana Batra told Thames Magistrates Court: 'She remembers seeing the
defendant looking at her from the other side of the road as she went
'As she came out he
was inside the gates to her street and she says he approached her and
was within 30cm of her face. She found this strange but she carried on
'Miss Kabir was
then walking along High Road, Plaistow and all she remembers next was
waking up in the ambulance,' the lawyer said.
Ayoade had followed the teenager, launching his surprise attack as she passed the Black Lion pub.
Batra said: 'He started jogging up behind Miss Kabir and he struck her
her on the side of the head causing her to lose consciousness and that’s
why she doesn’t remember what happened.'
The girl hit the ground face first following the blow from Ayoade.
Batra said: 'It was an unprovoked attack on in a lone female. She is
pretty petite in size – you can see the size of Mr Ayoade.'
When police were searching for her then mystery attacker, Miss Kabir had said: 'I hope he does get caught so he doesn’t do it again to another person. I hope I am his last victim.'
Unprovoked: Ayoade set upon Miss Kabir as she walked to college alone in Plaistow, east London
Police received an anonymous phone call informing them of Ayoade's address.
Officers discovered cannabis at his home in Plaistow and he pleaded guilty to possession of a class C drug on November 21.
Ms Batra said: 'He said he admitted to doing it, it was a misunderstanding on his part. He had had too much to drink and smoke that day.'
'He said he was going about his business and was intimidated by her look, she looked like she wanted a fight. She looked about 19 or 20. He did not approve of the way she looked so he went back and punched her….He said “Nah, that hurt, I can’t go further in my day taking an insult from a little person like that”.'
'He thought to himself “No, no I am not taking this”,' the lawyer said.
'He never spoke to her, just punched her.'
Marianna Christou, defending, said that Ayoade had come to the UK from Nigeria when he was just three years old, and had to fend from himself from young age. He was said to have no contact with his family.
Ms Christou said: 'He has drunk since he was 16 and smokes up to 10 joints a day which in my submission is excessive and perhaps this causes some degree of paranoia and low self esteem.'
Ayoade was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Inner London Crown Court on a date to be fixed.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice declined to comment on his treatment in prison.
The jail is run by service company Serco and houses 900 convicted and remand prisoners.
VIDEO: CCTV footage of the unprovoked attack in Plaistow, east London