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UK man guilty of lavender assault

Press Association logoPress Association 4/01/2017

A would-be lover has landed in court for spraying a lavender-infused herbal remedy at a woman in the hope she would have sex with him.

The woman was left "shocked" and "feared for her safety" when she woke in bed to find Gundogan Dursan, 47, had squirted liquid at her face.

When she confronted him, Dursan would not say what was in the over-the-counter bottle which turned out to be a natural sleep aid infused with lavender, vetiver and wild chamomile.

She told a psychologist about the incident last summer who in turn reported it to police who brought charges against the Turkish national, from Enfield, north London.

During a hearing at the Old Bailey, Dursan pleaded guilty to common assault on the woman, who cannot be identified.

The prosecution accepted the plea and said it would not go ahead with a charge of administering a substance with intent to stupefy and overpower to engage in sexual activity, which he denied.

Prosecutor Nick Wayne said: "At about 9.30am, (the woman) was in her bed sleeping and was awoken by a sensation of a liquid landing on her face.

"As she opened her eyes she saw Mr Dursan standing by her bed and it seemed to her he was trying to conceal something in his hand.

"(The woman) was shocked at being woken in this way and asked 'what are you doing' and she could feel wetness on her mouth and smell a substance and feared for her safety."

At first, Dursan claimed to be looking for something but eventually admitted spraying a liquid he bought from the chemist, although he did not say what it was.

The case was brought to the attention of police the next day by the therapist the woman had been seeing, the court heard.

Dursan told officers he had bought and used the spray, but denied that he had put it directly in the woman's face.

In an interview, he admitted spraying the woman's pillow but denied any "malicious intentions", hoping only that she would have "long time sleep" so "she might have intercourse with me".

Mr Wayne said the product was freely available over the counter at chemists and was not the kind of substance that had any "powerful hypnotising" effect.

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