Ilford man sentenced for sexual assault on rush hour train

PUBLISHED: 12:53 09 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:53 09 November 2016

Matthew Richardson, 23, was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for his part in the stabbing on March 16 2015.

Matthew Richardson, 23, was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for his part in the stabbing on March 16 2015.

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An Ilford man has been handed a suspended sentence for sexually assaulting a woman on a train during the rush hour.

Balkar Singh, 28, of Leamington Gardens, was found guilty of one count of sexual assault and was sentenced at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court late last month.

He was sentenced to 18 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work, issued with a restraining order not to contact the victim and given a sex offender notification for seven years.

On April 11 this year he repeatedly groped a 24-year-old woman on the 8.24am train from Wanstead Park before following her off a train at Walthamstow Queens Road station.

Fortunately, upon leaving the train she was able to point him out to station staff.

Singh was arrested on May 26 after the British Transport Police successfully traced his Oyster card.

Investigating officer, Det Con Andrew Parkinson from the Sexual Offences Unit, said: “Singh tried to deny that he sexually assaulted the victim by claiming that on a busy train people push up against each other.

“Fortunately, his excuse was seen for the lie that it was, and he was found guilty of sexual assault. Singh deliberately and repeatedly touched the victim inappropriately, even following her across the carriage when she tried to move away.

“I would like to commend the victim for reporting the incident to police and I hope that this conviction will encourage other victims of sexual offences to come forward and report it to us.

“We will act and we will find the sex offenders responsible. Everyone should be free to travel without fear of being sexual assaulted.”

To report unwanted sexual touching on the railway, contact the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016. In an emergency always call 999.

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