Walking in Someone Else's Choos
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Suspended sentence given to shoe fetishist
A British court gave a suspended one-year sentence to a 26-year-old man whose shoe fetish prompted him to steal women's footwear.
Testimony during his trial in Inner London Crown Court revealed that Omar Abd-el-Gowad had moved to London to gain access to more fashionable footwear and soon thereafter he stole a single shoe from eight women to indulge in his sexual fetish, the News Shopper reported Sunday.
Judge Colin Smith gave the mechanical engineer a suspended sentence for two years, but also placed him under supervision for his fetish.
"I am quite satisfied you had absolutely no intention of harming the women physically in any way at all and you were being governed by the drive which was within you relating to your urge to get hold of the shoe," Smith said.
The newspaper said Abd-el-Gowad had testified that the thefts had given him an ecstatic rush and he never realized the impact his actions had upon the women he victimized.
"What I was reading was a description of someone I didn't recognize," he had said. "I had convinced myself it was quite a minor thing I had been doing."
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