Double sex offender sentenced

04/11/2016

A man who sexually assaulted two women on the London Underground has been sentenced at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Richard Parrett (49) of Markfield Road, Surrey, pleaded guilty to two offences on Wednesday 2 November. He was sentenced as follows:

  • Twelve month community order
  • 60 hours unpaid work
  • Sex offenders register for five years
  • Pay 85 costs

Just after 8am on Tuesday 26 April a 22-year-old woman boarded a Central Line train at Oxford Circus heading toward St Paul's. During her journey, Parrett gradually approached her until he was pressed against the victim's body. It was at Chancery Lane when she realised his erect penis was pushed into her.

She reported this to police later that day.

The following month a second victim - a 19-year-old woman - boarded a northbound Northern Line train at London Bridge at approximately 8am on Wednesday 11 May. At Bank station, only two other passengers remained on the Tube and the victim was consciously aware that Parrett was standing very close.

Between Moorgate and Old Street, the victim became increasingly uncomfortable as Parrett stood close to her. He then began to press himself against her in a rubbing motion for roughly 30 seconds. Likewise, she reported this later to police.

CCTV enquiries identified Parrett and observations by plain clothes officers identified him at Cannon Street station in late March. He was then arrested.

Emma Tait, Acting District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said: "The CPS had a strong case against Parrett including the testimony from this two victims. His guilty plea meant they were not forced to relive the distressing incidents in court. I want to thank them for reporting the incident and reassure other travellers that we do take such cases to court so criminals are held accountable for their actions."

Investigating officer PC Ian Waudby from British Transport Police, said: "This was an incredibly shocking experience for both victims who were innocently going about their own business.

"The most important thing is that both victims had the confidence to report these crimes to police. By doing so, we were able to identify Parrett and ensure that he was brought before the courts.

"No-one should ever be subjected to unwanted sexual behaviour and we will work tirelessly to find the person responsible. I hope this sentence sends a clear message to Parrett, and others, that this behaviour is simply unacceptable."