A quick-thinking student helped catch a man who sexually assaulted her on a train – by snapping him on her mobile phone.
The 18-year-old victim was praised for her bravery by a judge for reporting the man after he touched her indecently on a train between Rotherham and Sheffield.
The image was published in The Star and the next day British Transport Police arrested 39-year-old Raja Hussain.
Judge Paul Watson QC told Sheffield Crown Court: “She is to be commended for the fact that she stuck to her guns and brought this to the attention of the authorities.
“People who randomly sexually assault members of the public must expect custodial sentences.
“What makes it serious is the element of fear this causes others.
“She was brave enough and alert enough to report you and give the police information which eventually led to your arrest and eventual plea of guilty.”
Prosecutor Catherine Duffy said the University of Sheffield student was waiting for a train at Sheffield Midland station on October 29 last year when Hussain started ‘grinning’ at her.
Miss Duffy said she felt ‘intimidated’.
They boarded a train and Hussain sat opposite her but passengers were asked to change trains.
On the second train Hussain, of Walter Street, Rotherham town centre, sat next to the woman.
“The defendant was looking at pictures of naked women on his mobile phone,” Miss Duffy said.
“He moved closer to the complainant and began to take off his jacket. As he did so he touched her.”
The student edged away but his body remained in contact with hers and he touched her leg while ‘grinning’.
The woman pretended to text a boyfriend to get Hussain to stop and also sent messages to her mother.
One read: “I think this man is trying to stalk me, I actually feel sick.”
MIss Duffy added: “As he got off the train in Rotherham she managed to take a picture of the defendant on her mobile phone.”
Police issued an appeal with the picture of Hussain and he was arrested.
Sarah Smith, defending, said there was no premeditation and Hussain was suffering from poor mental health at the time.
He had lost his ‘highly respectable’ job due to his mental health problems which included depression with psychotic features, hallucinations and delusional beliefs.
Judge Watson said the woman had been left scared to use the rail network.
Hussain pleaded guilty to sexual assault and was given an eight-month jail term, suspended because of his previous good character, and an ASBO, banning him from trains for three years.