Train 'pervert' caught on camera by teenage victim he molested

Sinead Moore
Train pervert caught on camera by teenage victim he molested
Train pervert caught on camera by teenage victim he molested

A man who sexually assaulted a girl on a train was caught after she took a picture of him on her mobile phone.

Raja Hussain indecently touched the 18-year-old girl on a train between Rotherham and Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

British Transport Police tracked down and arrested the 39-year-old within 24-hours but according to the Express, the opportunist attacker escaped jail because he is of previously good character.

The victim was praised for her bravery following her ordeal.

At Sheffield Crown Court, Judge Paul Watson QC, said: "She is to be commended for the fact that she stuck to her guns and brought this to the attention of the authorities.

"People who randomly sexually assault members of the public must expect custodial sentences.

"What makes it serious is the element of fear this causes others.

"She was brave enough and alert enough to report you and give the police information which eventually led to your arrest and eventual plea of guilty."

Catherine Duffy, prosecuting, told the court that the woman was waiting on her own for a train at Sheffield Midland station on October 29 last year when Hussain started 'grinning' at her.

The woman then boarded the train closely followed by Hussain who sat opposite her before passengers were told of a problem and asked to change trains.

On the second train, Hussain sat next to the student.

Miss Duffy said: "The defendant was looking at pictures of naked women on his mobile phone.

"He moved closer to the complainant and began to take off his jacket. As he did so he touched her."

The student edged away but his body remained in contact with hers and he touched her leg while 'grinning', reports the Mirror.

Miss Duffy added: "As he got off the train in Rotherham she managed to take a picture of the defendant on her mobile phone."

Sarah Smith, defending, said there was no premeditation and Hussain was suffering from poor mental health at the time.

He had lost his 'highly respectable' job due to his mental health problems which included depression with psychotic features, hallucinations and delusional beliefs.

Hussain pleaded guilty to sexual assault and was given an eight-month jail term, suspended because of his previous good character, and was banned from trains for three years, reports

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