Mohamed Jarboui (pictured), 51, has been charged with attempted kidnapping of a toddler
A 51-year-old man tried to snatch a toddler from her stroller while her mother walked her in the park, a court has heard.
The 27-year-old mother of the child had to fight the stranger ‘with her bare hands’ after he allegedly tried to run away with a toddler’s pram in Eastrop Park, Basingstoke.
Mohamed Jarboui is accused of lifting the girl under her armpits before reaching for her buggy.
The child’s mother said she began to feel “sick” when the Libyan allegedly harassed her before claiming he was trying to kidnap her child. She said she was terrified because “no one was around” in the park.
Jurors were told the toddler has “significant health problems” and Jarboui tried to lift the girl under her armpits but failed to pull her out as she was tied up.
The alleged kidnapping attempt took place just after 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 4, and the child’s mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: ‘I was shaking, I was sweating, I couldn’t breathe, I felt sick to my stomach. stomach.’
At Winchester Crown Court, Hants, prosecutor Edward Elton said Jarboui was arrested three days later after police searched CCTV footage. He said Jarboui claimed he was “playing” with the child.
The 27-year-old mother of the child had to fight the stranger ‘with her bare hands’ after he allegedly tried to run away with a toddler’s pram in Eastrop Park (pictured), Basingstoke
The court heard the mother pointing out Jarboui several times as she walked through Basingstoke before walking up to the child, kneeling and making “cooing noises” at the child.
She said, “He came up on the right side of the pram and knelt in front of my daughter and started making all those cooing, babbling sounds.
“He had his left hand on the latch… then the sick feeling started.
“He touched her face and I said ‘please don’t touch her’ because my daughter is clearly at high risk. He said sorry and I thought he would leave from there.”
She saw Jarboui grab the handles of the pram before leaving them alone.
She said, “I started to feel very sick. I started to look around and thought there is no one around me, the businesses are all closed.’
He returned, spoke Arabic to the child and then grabbed the child’s arm as he tried to kidnap her, it was said.
At Winchester Crown Court (pictured), prosecutor Edward Elton said Jarboui was arrested three days later after police searched CCTV footage. He said Jarboui claimed he was “playing” with the kid
The woman, from Basingstoke, said: ‘He stepped over the pram and stopped us. He started grabbing my daughter’s right arm. I told him not to drag her like that anymore and the next moment he put his hands under her armpits.
“I just hit him, I think I had my left hand on the left side of the pram… I yelled at him and said ‘let go of my daughter’.
“He just dropped her, she was still in the pram, he couldn’t get her out, then he came to her right hand…and pushed me with his hip to get me away.
“He came up with different ways to get her out of the pram and when he couldn’t, he just tried to take the whole pram and me.
“I went through all these emotions… I was shaking, I was sweating, I couldn’t breathe, I felt sick in my stomach.”
Elton said Jarboui claimed he was not trying to take the child.
Mr Elton said: ‘He said he handled the child in a way that was perfectly acceptable in his culture.
‘[He said] he wasn’t going to take the child away from her mother…he said he was playing with the child in a normal way.’
The mother, who called her husband after the incident, told police when she first saw Jarboui that he “seemed very proud of himself… like he was preparing for something.”
Jarboui, from Basingstoke, denies attempted child abduction.
The process continues.