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Pensioner sentenced after sexually assaulting passenger

A pensioner who sexually assaulted a young man on board a train between Worcester and Hereford told his victim it was a “shame we couldn’t get together”.


Derek Arthur Worthington, of Elizabeth Court, Bodenham Road, Hereford, committed the offence on 24 September 2015.


Now, he has been handed a 12-month community order by magistrates along with a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement.


The court heard that the victim, a 19-year-old man, was already on the Moreton-in-Marsh to Hereford train when “smartly dressed” Worthington boarded at Worcester. Having initially sat opposite him, Worthington then changed seats so that he was facing his victim.


Then, just after 11.30am, he stood, put on his jacket, moved towards the young man and started thrusting his groin. Moments later, Worthington grabbed the victim’s groin before asking him if he would like to get some lunch.


Both men left the train at Hereford and as the victim was walking up the stairs between platforms two and three, Worthington again tried to grab him, but this time he pushed his hand away.


As 80-year-old Worthington was leaving the station, he turned towards the young man and said: “Shame we couldn’t get together.”


In addition to the community order and rehabilitation activity requirement, Worthington - appearing at Hereford Magistrates’  Court on Monday, 8 August, after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to sexual assault - was also ordered to pay £620 costs, £100 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.


Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Dan Murdoch from British Transport Police (BTP) said: “Following the assault, the victim said he was in a state of shock and was confused about why this had happened to him. Worthington’s actions had clearly left him feeling vulnerable and exposed.


“I am pleased that Worthington has been brought to justice. I would like to commend the victim for having the courage to approach the police and report what was clearly a traumatic experience.


“No-one should be subjected to unwelcome sexual behaviour on the rail network, or anywhere. We treat all offences of this nature extremely seriously and encourage anyone who has been a victim, or sees someone acting inappropriately, to get in touch immediately. We will listen and we will work tirelessly to bring the offender to justice.”

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