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Willesden man admits stalking and sexually assaulting woman on the Tube

PUBLISHED: 18:46 17 September 2015 | UPDATED: 18:46 17 September 2015

Mazvydas Berankis has been given a suspended jail term

Mazvydas Berankis has been given a suspended jail term

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A man from Willesden who stalked and sexually assaulted a woman in a Tube station has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Mazvydas Berankis, 33, of Linacre Road, was also ordered to carry out 150 hours community service after he admitted carrying out the perverted attack on May 12 this year.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard the 32-year-old victim noticed Berankis staring at her as she travelled from work on the Piccadilly line at around 9.30pm.

He then followed her off the train at Green Park, continuing to stalk her as she made her way to the Victoria line.

Despite the woman purposely walking the length of the platform to be near to other people he stood next to her and sexually assaulted her as a train approached.

She managed to push him away and get on the train before Berankis could follow.

He was caught after he was identified from CCTV images.

This week he admitted sexual assault and was given the six-month suspended jail term and also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for seven years.

Detective Constable Andy Parkinson said: “We take absolutely every report of inappropriate sexual behaviour seriously and will always investigate.

“I would like to commend the woman in this case for telling us about this assault, and encourage others to follow her example.

“The message is clear: unwanted sexual behaviour is not acceptable. If you commit an offence, we will do everything in our power to bring you to justice.”

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