A 20-year-old man who grabbed women’s breasts in the street near Tooting Bec tube station has pleaded guilty to sexual assault at Kingston Crown Court.

Wajahat Zubair, from Walworth, attacked four women last year - including an Australian woman whom he targeted five times.

The woman, who cannot be named, has now moved out of the area and claims she is on the verge of moving back home because of her ordeal.

Crown prosecutor Jane Carpenter said: “She was extremely shocked and upset about what happened.”

Zubair targeted victims walking to and from Tooting Bec tube station between March and May last year.

As he continued his attacks, he got more confident and even pounced on a woman during rush hour on a busy street.

Ms Carpenter said of that attack: “She described the defendant as caressing her left breast.

“She felt he’d done it before.”

He was finally arrested on June 19, and although two victims later picked him out in an identity parade he denied any involvement.

On May 11 this year, facing a lengthy trial, he eventually pleaded guilty to eight sexual assaults at the last minute.

Zubair came to the country in November 2007 to be with his mother, who has a study visa.

The Wandsworth Guardian was prevented from reporting the case until now because of a gagging order made by the courts.

Our reporter succeeded in overturning the order, as the judge agreed it had been imposed incorrectly.

Zubair will be sentenced by Judge Matthews on Monday, August 10 at the same court.