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Man convicted of sexual assaults on the bus network

News   •   Jun 21, 2019 16:12 BST

Andrew Godman

A man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two teenage girls on buses within an hour in south east London.

Andrew Godman, 34 (5.12.84) of Salehurst Road, Brockley, was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault on Wednesday, 19 June, after a trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

He will be sentenced on Friday, 19 July at the same court.

Both victims were 13-years-old. The offences were committed on the afternoon of 15 November 2018 and in each case Godman sat next to the victim, blocking her in by the window seat, and subjected her to a prolonged sexual assault.

The first offence was committed on a busy Route 126 bus heading towards Eltham. The assault lasted for around half an hour, during which time the victim told Godman to stop several times and tried to discreetly get the attention of other passengers so they could help.

Around half an hour later, he boarded a Route 273 bus in the Grove Park area of Lewisham. Godman was captured on CCTV groping the second victim's thigh in an assault which lasted for around five minutes, before the victim got off at an earlier stop than she intended in order to escape him.

Both incidents were reported to police, and the investigation was led by the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command.

Within days of a media appeal with an image of the man sought being published, information was received about a possible suspect and officers visited Godman's address resulting in his arrest.

During police interview, Godman was shown CCTV of the assaults and admitted it was him sitting on the bus with the two victims, but denied that he had sexually assaulted them.

Godman was charged on Wednesday, 13 February with two counts of sexual assault, and first appeared at Bromley Magistrates' Court on Thursday, 14 February.

Detective Constable Darren Barlow, who led the investigation, said: “These were appalling sexual assaults in public on two young, vulnerable girls who were understandably left shaken and distressed by the attacks.

"Despite having CCTV evidence which clearly showed the assaults, Godman denied wrongdoing and suggested that the allegations were made up, making the victims relive their experiences in court. Thankfully, a jury saw through his denials.

"We work hard to identify people who commit predatory offences on London's transport network, and continue to urge the travelling public to be vigilant and look out for each other and report any offences or anything suspicious to police right away by calling 999 or 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."