A 21-year-old man will be deported back to Albania and placed on the sex offenders register for seven years after he pleaded guilty to a sexual assault.
Besnik Ferizolli, an Albanian national, appeared before Blackfriars Crown Court on Tuesday, November 18.
Ferizolli was arrested by British Transport Police after he sexually assaulted a woman at Northwood London Underground station on Wednesday, October 7.
According to British Transport Police , Ferizolli approached a 19-year-old woman asking her to sit down near him. He then proceeded to kiss her and put his arm around her before boarding the train with the woman. He sat next to her and kissed her again on her cheek.
He also demanded that the woman give him her number.
Throughout the journey Ferizolli continued to harass the woman and intimidated her until he left the train at Harrow-on-the-Hill London Underground station.
Investigating officer DC Matt Nolan said: “Ferizolli made this woman feel intimated, scared and extremely uncomfortable. She was simply going about her daily commute home.
“Nobody should be made to feel this way and everyone has the right to travel without fear on the transport network.
“I am pleased that the woman had the courage to come forward and report this man and the crime that he committed so that he could be caught and convicted. We are determined to give people the confidence to come forward and report unwanted sexual behaviors."
Siwan Hayward, TfL’s Deputy Director of Enforcement and On-Street Operations, said: “'We care about our customers and the journeys they make; working closely with our policing partners we are determined to rid the transport network of this type of behaviour.
“Unwanted sexual behaviour is a crime and we are pleased this predatory sexual offender has been caught and convicted.
“We encourage anyone who has experienced unwanted sexual behaviour to always report it to the police by texting 61016 or calling 101. Your report will always be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.”