Sen­tenced for tube sex as­sault

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A MAN has been sen­tenced for sex­u­ally as­sault­ing two women on the London Un­der­ground

Richard Par­rett of Mark­field Road in Cater­ham, Sur­rey pleaded guilty to two of­fences at West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 2.

The two in­ci­dents date back to ear­lier this year, af­ter which both vic­tims re­ported the as­sault to Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice (BTP). On Tues­day April 26 at just af­ter 8am, a 22-year-old wo­man was trav­el­ling on the Cen­tral line to­wards St Pauls from Ox­ford Cir­cus, when Par­rett be­gan press­ing his body against the vic­tim.

The fol­low­ing month a 19-year-old re­ported a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent. She was on a north­bound North­ern line train at London Bridge on May 11 at around 8am.

The vic­tim was aware that Par­rett was stand­ing very close, when only two other pas­sen­gers re­mained on the tube at Bank sta­tion.

Par­rett drew closer to the vic­tim and be­gan press­ing him­self against her in a “rub­bing mo­tion for roughly 30 sec­onds”, the BTP said.

Fol­low­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion via CCTV, Par­rett was ar­rested.

The 49-year-old was sen­tenced to pay £85 in costs, a 12 month com­mu­nity or­der, as well as 60 hours un­paid work and he will re­main on the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter for five years.

“This was an in­cred­i­bly shock­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for both vic­tims who were in­no­cently go­ing about their own busi­ness.” said De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Bob Stokoe from BTP.

“The most im­por­tant thing is that both vic­tims had the con­fi­dence to re­port these crimes to po­lice. By do­ing so, we were able to iden­tify Par­rett and en­sure that he was brought be­fore the courts.”

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