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Jail for man who sexually assaulted teen on train

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  • 16 year old girl was subjected to assault
  • Victim was on phone to boyfriend during ordeal
  • Man jailed for six months and placed on sex offenders register

 

A man who sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl on a train while she was speaking to her boyfriend on the phone has been jailed for six months following a British Transport Police investigation.

Daniel Smith, aged 28, of no fixed abode, was found guilty and sentenced at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 17 June.

The court heard how the victim had been travelling on the 8.55pm service from Preston to Mill Hill on 10 June last year and had been on the phone to her boyfriend when Smith entered the carriage and sat next to her.

Despite her being on the phone, he began making lewd and sexual comments before touching her chest and refusing to stop when she asked him.

When she tried to move away, Smith, who was sat on her bag straps, refused to move so she could not leave her seat.

When she eventually managed to flee and left the train, in a severely distressed state, she raised the alarm at a shop at Mill Hill station.

Shortly afterwards, Smith was identified by a BTP officer at Preston station and arrested.

Investigating officer Sgt Peter Wilcock said: “This young girl was left terrified and severely distressed by the actions of Smith. She left the train shaken and crying and reported what had happened immediately which aided the almost immediate arrest of Smith, preventing him from subjecting any other victims to a similar ordeal.

“No-one should be subject to unwelcome sexual behaviour on the rail network and we will do everything in our power to find those responsible and, as in Smith’s case, bring them before the courts.

“Our Report It to Stop It campaign, which aims to combat unwanted sexual behaviour on the railway by encouraging members of the public to report it, is proving very successful in supporting victims and bringing perpetrators of these crimes to justice.”

Smith was also ordered to pay a £80 victim surcharge and was placed on the sex offenders register for seven years.

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