The victim was at a Christmas party on Thursday 19 December 2019 and was showing guests to the private basement area when she was sexually assaulted by Zerdi for the first time. Several hours later, the victim walked across the dancefloor when Nabil sexually assaulted her for the second time. The victim turned to confront Nabil, he walked off and the victim reported it to a member of staff, who called the police.
Detective Constable Helen Shipston, from the City of London Police, said:
"I welcome today's sentence and hope this sends a message to any victims who are suffering in silence that we will thoroughly investigate sexual offences and do everything we can to bring those offenders to justice, no matter how long ago the offences took place.
“I would like to thank everyone who has helped bring Nabil Zerdi to justice, including the club who provided CCTV evidence of his actions on the day, which played a considerable role in securing this conviction.
“Nabil Zerdi is an opportunistic criminal whose blatant disregard for the damage he caused to the victim of this appalling crime is apparent.
“The victim has had to wait a long time to see justice done and she has shown courage and bravery throughout. My message to anyone who has had a sexual offence committed against them is that your voice will be heard.”
Detective Inspector, Anna Rice, from the City of London Police’s, Public Protection Unit said:
“We encourage anyone who is suffering abuse, whether they live, work or are visiting the City, to have the confidence to report to the City of London Police. Sexual violence and domestic abuse has no place in the City.
“We have a highly trained team of officers who understand what victims may be experiencing and will respond and investigate in a sensitive manner. By working closely with our partners, we are able to safeguard victims and provide support and guidance whatever the circumstances"
If you have experienced a sexual offence, or are concerned that someone you care about might be at risk, you can report it anonymously to Crimestoppers online or on 0800 555111. In an emergency always call 999.