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Man jailed for sexual assault of woman on bus, Hackney

News   •   Apr 19, 2021 15:40 BST

[JAILED: David O'Brien]

A man who sexually assaulted a woman after she fell asleep on a bus has been jailed for seven years.

David O’Brien, 51 (24.01.69) of no fixed abode was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday 16 April for the offence, which took place in Hackney last spring.

In a victimless prosecution, O’Brien was found guilty of sexual assault by penetration, after the jury were shown CCTV footage of the incident, which happened on board a route 243 bus in Stoke Newington Road, N16 on 31 May 2020.

The woman, aged in her 20s, had fallen asleep on the bus when she awoke to find O’Brien sexually assaulting her. Her shocked and distressed reaction prompted O’Brien to flee the vehicle when it stopped at Stoke Newington Road, junction with Princess May Road, N16.

Police were called and an investigation launched by officers from the Central East Command.

Through diligent CCTV enquiries, officers were able to identify O’Brien after an officer recognised him from the footage. On 7 August 2020 he was arrested in York Way WC1. He was taken into custody and later charged as above.

DC Hema Patel said: “O’Brien is a dangerous and predatory individual who, in a particularly abhorrent act, targeted the victim while she was asleep and therefore defenceless.

“The victim has shown extreme bravery and courage in reporting the incident and helping us to bring O’Brien to justice and therefore preventing him from committing further offences.

“Whilst she did not wish to provide evidence at the trial, the overwhelming CCTV evidence against O’Brien ensured he would be held to account for his serious crimes.”