A man from Enfield who pressed his genitals against a woman on the Tube has been jailed for more than a year. Hasan Degirmenci carried out the act in front of the woman’s 12-year-old daughter.
The incident took place on Friday, December 2 at 6pm, when a woman boarded the London Underground Piccadilly Line towards Knightsbridge with her daughter. Before they reached their stop, the woman felt something press up against her.
Her daughter then saw Degirmenci, 34, of Hertford Road, Enfield, pressing his groin against her mother. His trousers were down and his genitals were exposed.
Degirmenci appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, when he pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of indecent exposure. At Inner London Crown Court on January 24, he was given a 16-month prison sentence, handed a five-year sexual harm prevention order and ordered to sign the Sex offenders Register for 10 years.
Detective Constable Kathryn Faine, investigating officer in the case, said: “This incident was extremely alarming and distressing both for the woman and her young daughter. He targeted the victim in a crowded environment for his own sexual gratification, and I hope his jail term sends a clear message to anyone who exhibits this type of behaviour on the network – it simply won’t be tolerated.
“If you experience or witness a sexual offence on the railway, I urge you to report it to 61016 or via the Railway Guardian app. In an emergency, always dial 999. We will always take you seriously.”
Degirmenci was arrested after his victim confronted him. He got off the train at Knightsbridge, still with his trousers down, and the woman followed him.
She then alerted the station staff who then contacted the British Transport Police. Degirmenci was arrested and remanded in custody.
Mandy McGregor, TfL’s head of policing and community safety, said: “This was an appalling incident. No one should ever experience sexual harassment on our network and we are working closely with the British Transport Police to make the transport network a hostile place for offenders.
“We urge anyone who experiences or witnesses this type of behaviour to report it to the police or a member of staff so that we can take action and prevent future offending. The earlier it is reported, the stronger the evidence we have to help ensure that perpetrators face justice.”