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Man jailed after violent sex attack on Surrey train

Peter Greenwood

Published by Josh Kerr at 2:14pm 14th September 2018.

A violent man who forced a woman to perform a sex act on him has been jailed following a horrific sexual assault on a Surrey train.

Peter Greenwood, of Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, had exposed his penis and was touching himself before he asked the victim to touch him, as they travelled in an empty carridge towards Dorking on the evening of 31 May 2018.

When she refused, 27-year-old Greenwood grabbed her around the mouth with one hand and hit her several times with the other.

After shouting at her to perform a sex act on him he covered the terrified victim’s mouth and nose, forcing her to comply with his demands.

On arriving at Dorking station, the victim broke free of his grasp and ran to the exit. Greenwood, however, continued the assault in an attempt to keep her on the train, cutting her forehead with his teeth in the process.

Greenwood aboard the train
Greenwood can be seen swinging on bars in the carriage where the attack happened.

While the victim called for help on the platform, Greenwood fled the scene by running onto the tracks and up an embankment.

He had also made off with the victim's purse which was later discovered by police in a bush at Box Hill and Westhumble station.

Following his arrest, Greenwood was charged with causing a female to engage in a sexual activity without consent (no penetration), theft, actual bodily harm, attempted robbery and common assault.

Greenwood admitted the charges and was sentenced to 11 years and five months in prison at Isleworth Crown Court on 7 September.

He has also been placed on the sex offenders register for life and served a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Peter Greenwood
Greenwood was jailed for 11 years and five months.

DC Martin Chapman from British Transport Police, said: “Greenwood subjected his victim to an outrageous, disgusting and violent assault as she was travelling on an early evening train.

"His assault was motivated by his perverse sexual desires and he subjected her to a truly frightening assault. However, the victim fought back and because of this she was able to escape to safety, forcing Greenwood to flee.

“Thankfully, due to the overwhelming evidence against Greenwood, he had no choice but to admit these charges at court."

He added: "This meant that the victim was not forced to relive this ordeal during cross examination. Greenwood is a dangerous man, and it is right that the judge imposed an 11 year prison sentence.

"I also welcome the Sexual Harm Pretension Order which, once he is released, will prohibit him from using the rail network unless he notifies police."

Greenwood at Box Hill and Westhumble station
CCTV of Greenwood at Box Hill and Westhumble station after fleeing.

As part of Greenwood’s Sexual Harm Prevention Order, once released he is prohibited from entering any overground or underground station or travelling on any overground or underground railway, unless he has notified police of his travel plans no less than 24 hours in advance.

He is also prohibited from sitting immediately next to or opposite any lone female unknown to him on any form of public transport in the UK.

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