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Sheffield Uni sex assualt student 'faces deportation'

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A University of Sheffield PHD student who sexually assaulted a woman will probably be deported to China, a judge has said

Hang Zhang, 27, developed a habit of following women and pulled down the shorts of one female student he’d followed out of a gym class, a court heard.

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The Chinese national appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday 4 February where he admitted committing the sexual assault.

He had previously been arrested in 2016 trying to get into Buckingham Palace with a folded knife but charges were dropped when Zhang was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Judge Richardson described both incidents as “bizarre” and said the “highly intelligent” student was most likely suffering from a mental health disorder - possibly bipolar affective disorder.

The judge said: “It is important, given your history, and, in particular the episode at the Palace, that the Secretary of State is made aware of your case.

“I have every suspicion that, in due course, you will be removed from the country and returned to the People's Republic of China.”

Cover photo: Sheffield Students' Union CC BY-SA 2.0

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