Boozer groped woman at station

Nottingham Railway Station
Nottingham Railway Station

A boozy passenger groped a woman on a railway platform and said “just asking” when she shouted “no, no,” a court heard.

Brett Tomlinson of Beardall Street, Hucknall had denied the sexual touching of the woman but was found guilty by three magistrates sitting in Nottingham.

After the case was adjourned for reports, he was ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to the woman over the incident on platform three of Nottingham Railway Station on April 23.

Tomlinson, 28, told his trial that he regarded her “as a good looking girl and wanted to have a flirt,” the city’s magistrates’ court was told.

Deputy District Judge Kevin Grego said: “It beggars belief what he was doing.

“There was an emotional cost to the victim and a cost you will have as well. What you have done was utterly disgraceful.”

Tomlinson must pay a £1,500 criminal court charge and £500 prosecution costs, on top of the compensation. He was given a 26-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years.

In a statement, the woman said she felt “embarrassed and violated after the incident” and did not feel comfortable at the station.

Michele Macleod, prosecuting, said the incident took place around 7pm when Tomlinson was walking along the platform preparing to catch the train home.

CCTV captured Tomlinson moving a McDonald’s bag from one hand to the other, then reaching across and touching the woman’s “inner thigh and crotch” over her clothing.

His “actions were purposeful and of a sexual nature,” said Mrs Macleod