Sicko followed heavily pregnant stranger and forced pillowcase over her head

Sickening CCTV shows a man following a heavily pregnant woman down a street before launching an "unprovoked and shocking" attack

In the clip, Keith Gowers, 59, puts a pillowcase over his victim's head and beats her shortly before 6.30 pm in north London on March 18 earlier this year.

The woman hears Gowers running behind her at the last moment and turns around before the bag is suddenly brought down over her face and he starts to punch her multiple times.

She manages to flee and Gowers then runs away in another direction.

He appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Friday (September 10) where he pleaded guilty to a single count of assault by beating.

The court heard that the woman, who was six months pregnant and unknown to Gowers, was set upon from behind in Hackney and suffered a cut lip and thumb during the random assault.

Her glasses also broke during the incident, My London reports.

Gowers then fled the area, leaving behind the pillowcase he had used to cover the victim’s head.

She was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The incident went viral after the Jewish community’s Shomrim posted a video of the attack in an attempt to find the perpetrator.

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Gowers, of Tottenham, was soon identified by police and was arrested on March 22, four days after the incident.

He will be sentenced at the same court on October 1.

Varinder Hayre, of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said the victim was left "incredibly shaken" following the "disturbing attack".

She added: "This was an unprovoked and shocking attack on a woman who was six months pregnant at the time.

"It is fortunate that her unborn child suffered no serious harm.

"The victim had never encountered Keith Gowers before and was left incredibly shaken. The prosecution case included CCTV footage of the disturbing attack on the lone victim which clearly identified Gowers as the attacker.

"He also admitted to being the person caught on camera.

"The CPS takes crimes against women extremely seriously and we will always work with the police and community to find and prosecute offenders."

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