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Man sentenced for sexual assault – London

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A man has been sentenced for sexually assaulting a woman on the underground after he was seen committing the offence by undercover BTP officers.

Shobankumar Jothiraman, aged 38, of Sibley Grove, Manor Park, in East London, was arrested, charged and sentenced within 24 hours for the offence.

He pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 9 August to one count of sexual assault on a female.

He was sentenced to 26 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for two years, and ordered to sign the sex offender register for seven years. 

The incident happened last Tuesday (8/8) on board a Central Line train between Mile End and Liverpool Street.

Jothiraman was seen by plain clothed police officers walking up and down the platform at Mile End station, looking at women, before he boarded a Central Line train.

During the journey, Jothiraman stood unnecessarily close to the victim, a 25-year-old woman, in the carriage and sexually assaulted her from behind, over her clothes.

Officers intervened and arrested him.

Investigating officer, PC Graham Evans, said: “No one should have to experience unwanted sexual behaviour whilst travelling on the underground. Judging by his conduct on the platform, Jothiraman was seeking a woman to assault in this manner before he boarded the train. Unfortunately for him, plain clothed BTP officers were conducting patrols on the line he had chosen to offend at, and he was swiftly arrested and brought before the courts.”

Siwan Hayward, TfL’s Head of Transport Policing, said: “Everyone has the right to travel without fear or intimidation and alongside the police we will eradicate unwanted sexual behaviour from public transport in London. This case sends a clear message to all potential offenders that plain clothes officers operate on our services. Offenders will be caught and brought to justice for their disgusting crimes.”

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