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Man jailed after sexually assaulting teenage girl – Trowbridge to Bradford on Avon

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A 38-year-old man who sexually assaulted a woman on board a train travelling between Trowbridge and Bradford on Avon has been sentenced following a BTP investigation. 

Mohammed Mahdi, of Shamrock Road, Eastville, Bristol appeared before Swindon Crown Court on 12 September where he was handed a nine month prison sentence and ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge. 

On Friday 10 November last year, a girl in her teens boarded a train at Trowbridge station, the train was busy so the victim decided to stand in the vestibule area. As the train travelled towards Bradford on Avon station, Mahdi approached the victim and stood close to her. He then started touching her inappropriately. 

During police enquiries to trace the suspect, a CCTV image of Mahdi was released to the media. A member of the public then spotted the defendant on a bus, reporting it to police who then intercepted and arrested Mahdi.  

Mahdi denied a charge of sexual assault on a female, however the jury later found him guilty of the offence. 

Sergeant Amy Perry from British Transport Police, said: “Mahdi’s actions on that busy train service were disgraceful and I am pleased that the jury saw through his story and found him guilty. He exploited the busy train carriage, touching his victim inappropriately, making her feel frightened. 

“Prison is the right sentence and we welcome the time he will spend behind bars.  Our Report It to Stop It campaign, which aims to combat unwanted sexual behaviour on the railway, encourages members of the public to report it, in a  bid to build a picture of the offender, which in this case is exactly what happened and aided our investigation."

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