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Ban & Jail for man who assaulted women on trains

http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2017-10-26/man-given-decade-ban-from-sitting-next-to-women-on-trains-for-repeated-sexual-assaults/

Man given decade ban from sitting next to women on trains for 'repeated' sexual assaults

 

A train passenger who repeatedly groped women when travelling has been banned from sitting next to women on carriages for ten years.

Ramzi Hamrouni

Ramzi Hamrouni 39, was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault. Credit: British Transport Police

As well as the ban, Ramzi Hamrouni, 39, was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault and sentenced to 27 months in prison.

A court heard how Hamrouni was told he was 'every lone female public transport passenger's nightmare' and trapped women by taking seats next to them for sexual assaults.

Tunisian-born Hamrouni abused a 20-year-old woman after telling her she was beautiful in broken English and rubbing himself against her.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Jones said: "The victim froze. She was paralysed with fear and embarrassment".

Cardiff Crown Court heard the first attack took place in August on a train between Cardiff and Pontypridd.

Two weeks later Hamrouni attacked a 17-year-old girl on the same route - when he sat next to her and pulled up her top. Mr Jones said another passenger filmed the attack on his mobile phone and handed the footage to police.

Hamrouni, of Pontypridd, South Wales, later handed himself into police. He denied two counts of sexual assault but was found guilty by a jury.

Judge Stephen Hopkins QC told Hamrouni he had subjected his teenage victim "to a persistent, degrading and frightening sexual assault" adding "you have shown and still show absolutely no remorse for what you did."

Cardiff Crown Court

Ramzi Hamrouni, 39, was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault at Cardiff Crown Court.

Hamrouni's actions were outrageous and unwanted.

I am pleased that the judge imposed a prison sentence for Hamrouni – not only has a sexual offender been taken off the streets, I hope both victims feel that justice has been done.

Unwanted sexual behaviour on board trains will never be tolerated. Thankfully we police a CCTV-rich environment – this means that we are able to quickly identify perpetrators and bring them before the courts.

If you are ever a victim please report it to us.

– DS Guy Ellis from British Transport Police
Last updated Thu 26 Oct 2017
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