A TRAIN passenger from Queen's Park has been convicted of sexual assault following a successful a public appeal in the local media.
Fahim Shahriya, 19, of Ilbert Street, followed a women off a London Overground service at Kensal Rise Station before approaching the 28-year-old from Willesden from behind and indecently touching her as she made her way to the exit barriers.
The victim attempted to stop her attacker before he ran from the station towards Station Terrace.
The incident happened on December 5 2012 at 11.50pm and in September this year the British Transport Police (BTP) circulated stills from station closed-circuit television footage to news outlets such as the Observer so we could run an appeal for information.
It worked, as Shahriya was identified through a tip-off and was later identified, arrested and charged by police.
He denied sexual assault but was found guilty at Harrow Crown Court on Friday.
Detective Constable Rory Durant, the investigating officer, said: “Thanks to the assistance from the public and local media, we were able to identify Shahriya and swiftly arrest him.
“We do not tolerate unwanted sexual behaviour of any kind on the transport network and take all reports seriously. With excellent CCTV available on board trains and at stations, we will do all we can to bring those who cause distress to other passengers to justice."
Shahriya is due to be sentenced at Harrow Crown Court on Friday January 17.