Man guilty of sexually assaulting female rail passenger


A 58-year-old man has today been sentenced at Manchester City Magistrates' Court to sexually assaulting a train passenger.

The court heard that Benjamin Wreschner boarded a train at Manchester Airport in the late hours of 5 January 2017 and struck up a conversation with the victim.

The defendant then moved towards the victim, moving her bags in order to be able to sit next to her and sexually assaulted her.

When the train arrived at Manchester Piccadilly Station, the defendant took his belongings and departed the train, at which point the victim found the train manager and reported the incident to British Transport Police.

On 29 March 2017, Wreschner was arrested at his home address and later pleaded guilty to the sexual assault.

He has today been sentenced to a 12 month community order, complete 200 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay total costs of £370 and to sign on to the sex offenders register for five years.

Victoria Luke, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said: "Benjamin Wreschner took advantage of a lone female travelling late in the evening.

"Within 10 minutes of boarding the train, the defendant identified his victim, struck up a conversation with her, sexually assaulted her and then made good his escape.

"The victim immediately reported the assault to police and they later arrested Wreschner.

"I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the victim for all her support during the prosecution process and helping us to bring this man to justice."