12 February 2020 I A Nepalese national is lucky to have avoided serious jail time after pleading guilty to sexually touching a female passenger on a late-night Sydney train.
The incident occurred on April 20 last year at Chatswood Station.
After the victim reported the incident, police officers were able to track down the offender through his Opal Card which he had tapped on at Hurstville and tapped off Chatswood Station. He was subsequently arrested on June 6.
The 31-year-old cleaner cum sales assistant, who Daily Telegraph reported today is currently on a temporary visa, admitted his actions but told police he was heavily intoxicated at the time after partying at a friend’s place in Hurstville.
Based on court documents, Telegraph said the victim was travelling alone at 1 am when the perpetrator “sat next to her and made advances, cuddling and trying to kiss her”.
The man had apparently asked the female passenger if he could have “a hug goodbye” when the victim “felt a definite squeeze around her left breast”, the report cited court papers.
Magistrate Vivien Swain of Hornsby Court regarded the actions of the man as particularly serious because it made a female feel unsafe while travelling alone on a train – which she said should not be the case and hence, wanted to send a strong deterrent message in sentencing the Nepalese national.
The Chatswood-based man “will serve a two year community corrections order and 300 hours of community service”.
In sentencing him, the Magistrate took consideration of the fact that he did not have any prior criminal record and that he readily made admissions of his guilt right from the very beginning of the case. She also expressed confidence in his prospects of rehabilitation.