Man who sexually assaulted sleeping woman on West Wickham train avoids jail

Ian Harrison outside Bromley Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to sexual assault

Ian Harrison outside Bromley Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to sexual assault

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A Catford man has avoided jail time after sexually assaulting a sleeping woman on board a late-night train in West Wickham.

Ian Harrison, 53, of Jutland Road, was sentenced yesterday (July 30) at Blackfriars Crown Court, after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

He was handed a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 20 months, and a 20-month supervision order.

He has also been placed on the sex offender register for seven years.

The court heard Harrison attacked a 25-year-old woman on April 29 on the 12.13am London Charing Cross to Hayes service.

Detective Constable Andy Parkinson, who led the investigation, said: “The impact this attack had on the victim should not be underestimated.

"Harrison preyed on a young woman, travelling alone in a quiet train carriage, late at night. He waited until she fell asleep before sexually assaulting her.

“The victim woke up during the assault and managed to break free from Harrison and flee the train at West Wickham station. I would like to thank her for having the confidence to come forward and report this crime and for her co-operation throughout our investigation.”

Detectives were able to identify Harrison as the main suspect after a media appeal featuring CCTV images from the train led to a number of calls from the public.

 

 

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3:23pm Thu 31 Jul 14

concerned.erith says...

WTF how can this be allowed - this sicko should have been sent down
WTF how can this be allowed - this sicko should have been sent down concerned.erith
  • Score: 85

4:08pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Linja says...

He should have received 3 months inside.
He should have received 3 months inside. Linja
  • Score: 85

4:39pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Love London Life says...

Police would like to place on record their thanks for the victim reporting the crime??? This seems like a total waste of time as the guy has got away with sexual assault

What kind of message does this send out ?? Its perfectly OK to sexually assault as you wont get sent down

Shocking beyond belief
Police would like to place on record their thanks for the victim reporting the crime??? This seems like a total waste of time as the guy has got away with sexual assault What kind of message does this send out ?? Its perfectly OK to sexually assault as you wont get sent down Shocking beyond belief Love London Life
  • Score: 86

4:44pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Noddyblanket says...

How wrong is this! Could be the sort of result that push people into dishing out their own justice!
How wrong is this! Could be the sort of result that push people into dishing out their own justice! Noddyblanket
  • Score: 106

5:21pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

"The usual suspect"


and a middle aged white nonce gets a light sentence .
"The usual suspect" and a middle aged white nonce gets a light sentence . Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 1265

5:28pm Thu 31 Jul 14

beanie59 says...

Agree with what has been said, he should have got a prison sentence, it does send out the message it's ok to attack women whilst they are on a train. The fact he waited for her to go to sleep shows premeditation.
Agree with what has been said, he should have got a prison sentence, it does send out the message it's ok to attack women whilst they are on a train. The fact he waited for her to go to sleep shows premeditation. beanie59
  • Score: 40

11:01pm Thu 31 Jul 14

SidcupResident says...

Any member of public can report an unduly lenient sentence via the links below and request the Attorney General review the sentence via either of the two links below:

https://www.gov.uk/c
omplain-about-low-cr
own-court-sentence

http://www.cps.gov.u
k/legal/s_to_u/undul
y_lenient_sentences/


I advise as many people do this as possible. Also the more often people do this, the more pressure there will be on the judicial system to dish out proper prison systems.

If the prisons are overcrowded well that's the government's fault for giving £billions in foreign aid to countries with nuclear weapons instead of building more prisons.
Any member of public can report an unduly lenient sentence via the links below and request the Attorney General review the sentence via either of the two links below: https://www.gov.uk/c omplain-about-low-cr own-court-sentence http://www.cps.gov.u k/legal/s_to_u/undul y_lenient_sentences/ I advise as many people do this as possible. Also the more often people do this, the more pressure there will be on the judicial system to dish out proper prison systems. If the prisons are overcrowded well that's the government's fault for giving £billions in foreign aid to countries with nuclear weapons instead of building more prisons. SidcupResident
  • Score: 30

11:53pm Thu 31 Jul 14

SidcupResident says...

Slight typo above. Meant to say "Also the more often people do this, the more pressure there will be on the judicial system to dish out proper prison SENTENCES."
Slight typo above. Meant to say "Also the more often people do this, the more pressure there will be on the judicial system to dish out proper prison SENTENCES." SidcupResident
  • Score: 41

9:09am Fri 1 Aug 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Couldn't agree more with all the comments above. This bloke has got off far too easy and should be made an example of with a good stiff sentence INSIDE like every other disgusting pervert should.
Couldn't agree more with all the comments above. This bloke has got off far too easy and should be made an example of with a good stiff sentence INSIDE like every other disgusting pervert should. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -990

9:26am Fri 1 Aug 14

fedup76 says...

How can he get away with this? The poor victim has no justice whatsoever, whilst this dirty old man pretty much just gets away with it.

Its saying that its ok to assault sleeping innocent women on the train.
How can he get away with this? The poor victim has no justice whatsoever, whilst this dirty old man pretty much just gets away with it. Its saying that its ok to assault sleeping innocent women on the train. fedup76
  • Score: 5

12:25pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Penshurst Party Girl says...

Disgusting. So if they are both regular commuters she now has to deal with the possibility & fear of seeing her attacker twice a day every day. I hope he at least has lost his job!
Disgusting. So if they are both regular commuters she now has to deal with the possibility & fear of seeing her attacker twice a day every day. I hope he at least has lost his job! Penshurst Party Girl
  • Score: 15

6:59pm Sat 2 Aug 14

sarfflondonbird says...

N.s.accepts racist bigoted remarks.
N.s.accepts racist bigoted remarks. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -1066

11:03am Wed 6 Aug 14

Bev123 says...

Love London Life wrote:
Police would like to place on record their thanks for the victim reporting the crime??? This seems like a total waste of time as the guy has got away with sexual assault What kind of message does this send out ?? Its perfectly OK to sexually assault as you wont get sent down Shocking beyond belief
How on earth did he get away with it? Was he a relative of the Judge?
[quote][p][bold]Love London Life[/bold] wrote: Police would like to place on record their thanks for the victim reporting the crime??? This seems like a total waste of time as the guy has got away with sexual assault What kind of message does this send out ?? Its perfectly OK to sexually assault as you wont get sent down Shocking beyond belief[/p][/quote]How on earth did he get away with it? Was he a relative of the Judge? Bev123
  • Score: 65

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