Man convicted of sexual assault at railway station


A 35-year-old man, who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman who had fallen asleep at Brighton Railway Station, has today been sentenced at the town’s magistrates’ court to four months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months and fined a total of £345.

On 1 August 2015, the victim attended Brighton Pride, which was being held in the town. In the early hours of Sunday morning she made her way to the railway station to catch her train home and while waiting for her train she fell asleep on the floor.

As the victim was sleeping, Syed Shah spotted her and lay next to the victim and sexually assaulted her.

Witnesses who saw the assault immediately informed a police officer and Shah was arrested as he walked out of the station.

The defendant was charged with and later pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a female.

Abbey Kingston, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said:

"Syed Shah sexually assaulted a vulnerable female, who was unable to give her consent, for his own personal sexual gratification.

"The victim was waiting for her train when she fell asleep. The defendant came across her at the station, saw she was asleep, and took advantage of this situation and sexually assaulted her.

"We would like to thank the members of public who witnessed the assault and raised the alarm. Through their prompt actions, Shah was arrested and convicted."