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Night Tube sex offender handed prison sentence – Hounslow, London

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A Night Tube sex offender who subjected a woman to a violent sexual assault at Hounslow West London Underground station, has been jailed. 

Debbouche Zakaria, of no fixed address, appeared before Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday 16 November, where he was handed a 30 month imprisonment, seven year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and placed on the sexual offenders register for ten years. 

The court heard how on 1 September this year, a woman in her early thirties was on a westbound Piccadilly Line service between Piccadilly Circus and Hounslow West. The defendant joined the same train as the victim, travelling westbound. 

At Hounslow West station, the victim left the carriage and was followed by Zakaria to the steps. The defendant then approached the victim asking her for a hug, saying it was his birthday. 

Zakaria also claimed to the victim that he “had not touched a woman for some time”. 

He then hugged the woman, forcibly holding onto her and kissing her before touching her inappropriately below the waistline. Following enquiries by BTP detectives, the defendant was arrested on 11 September. 

When interviewed, Zakaria gave mostly no comment answers, and kept his head down and on the desk throughout. 

At an earlier court hearing, Zakaria admitted a charge of sexual assault by penetration. 

As part of his SHPO, Zakaria is prohibited from the following: 

1. Travelling on the London Underground network each day from 11pm to 6am. 

2. Approaching any lone female not previously known to him whilst on any station or train, save for where such behaviour is inadvertent and not reasonably avoidable in the course of lawful daily life. 

3. Traveling on the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and other public transport within the Transport For London (TfL) Travel zones, except where using an oyster card, freedom pass or contactless bank card registered in his name. 

DC Marc Farmer from BTP, said: “Zakaria’s attitude and behaviour throughout interview was extraordinary. He kept his head on the table and gave no effort to explain why he attacked this lone woman at Hounslow West station.  

“His actions were disgraceful, and his claim that it was his birthday and that he hadn’t touched a woman in some time was shameful. I know the victim is reassured that he has been handed a prison sentence.”
 
Siwan Hayward, Director of Compliance and Policing at Transport for London, said: “The actions of Zakaria were appalling. With our partners in the police we are committed to eradicating sexual offences from London's public transport. We commend the victim for reporting and supporting the police investigation. This case sends a clear message that this behaviour is not tolerated on our network and offenders will be caught and have to face justice for their disgusting crimes."

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