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Leyton man faces sentencing after groping woman's thigh
A pervert who groped a woman as she caught a train home after a night out has been banned from the Tube and convicted of sexual assault.
Gurbax Athwel’s hands were “all over the place” as he molested the woman on a Central line service, City of London Magistrates’ Court was told on Friday.
The 43-year-old, of Villiers Close, Leyton, stroked one woman’s shoulder before rubbing another’s thigh.
He was cleared of common assault for the first incident.
District Judge Andrew Sweet said he was satisfied the second incident was sexual in nature and constituted sexual assault.
Athwel was released on bail prior to sentencing on September 6 and can only travel on the Tube to go to court or meet lawyers and probation staff.
The incidents happened at around 7.30am on March 24 when the women were returning home from a night out in Vauxhall.
One of the women felt him rubbing the top part of her outer thigh, then he began doing it a second time, which she felt was definitely sexual in nature, said prosecutor Jonathan Gold.
“They were conscious of the fact that his hands were all over the place,” he added.
Athwel appeared “bemused” when challenged by the women and stared the pair down for the remainder of the journey, the court heard.
The women reported the incident to station staff when they got off the train at Snaresbrook.
In a police interview Athwel, who claims to suffer from schizophrenia, rambled incoherently, saying: “I got up very early, I left the house at 3am and wanted to go home.”
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