Predatory sex offender who targeted women on Cambridge to Kings Cross trains jailed – London
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A man has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison after he sexually assaulted four women on trains between London and Cambridge.
Adriano Repetti, 46, of Manor Way, Fulbourn, plead guilty at Inner London Crown Court on 27 September 2023.
At Inner London Crown court on Tuesday 21 November 2023, a judge sentenced him to four years and three months in prison for sexual assault by penetration and seven months in prison for sexual assault by touching, to be served concurrently.
He also received a seven-year sexual harm prevention order that stops him from sitting near lone women on any form of public transport in the United Kingdom. If he sits near a lone woman, he will be sent back to prison.
Repetti used trains to trap his victims. In a clear pattern of deviant and predatory behaviour, he would choose a seat next to a lone woman, trapping them by the window. He would then act like he was falling asleep. While “sleeping” he would reach out and touch his victims.
At around 7.30pm on the August bank holiday Monday (28 August) 2023, Repetti targeted a woman on a train from Cambridge to Kings Cross station. He started to touch her and ignored her when she asked to leave her seat. Despite being very scared, the woman bravely texted British Transport Police on 61016 while Repetti sat next to her.
At 7.37pm, the victim texted 61016 saying “I have no idea where to report this to but some guy is touching me on the train”. Police contact handlers immediately responded and she went on to provide a description and video of Repetti.
At 8.05pm, British Transport Police officers met the train at Kings Cross station, where they arrested Repetti.
The case is a clear example of how one report can be the final piece of a jigsaw of evidence – and get justice for multiple victims.
In a fortunate coincidence, another woman saw Repetti being arrested and came forward to tell officers that he had also assaulted her on Saturday 19 August.
British Transport Police carried out an extensive investigation that demonstrated Repetti had targeted women throughout July and August 2023.
He was identified as the offender in two further incidents:
On 22nd July 2023, Repetti targeted a 25-year-old woman. She took a photo of him as she left the train and later sent it to British Transport Police.
On 23rd August 2023, Repetti sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman on a train to Kings Cross. Upon arriving at Kings Cross, the woman bravely came forward to officers at the station to report the assault.
Detectives believe that Repetti is likely to have committed other offences and urge other victims to come forward.
In his police interview, Repetti was unrepentant and, while he admitted his actions, said he did not think he was targeting women.
Detective Constable Mark Luker, investigating said,
“Repetti’s predatory actions have traumatised his victims and they have all been deeply affected.
Despite this, they were brave enough to come forward to police and, thanks to their testimony, a dangerous sex offender is now behind bars.
Anyone using the rail network to offend in this way should know that British Transport Police have officers looking for you day and night. You will not get away with it.”
Detective Inspector Paul Attwell, Senior Investigating Officer in the case, said:
”British Transport Police go after sex offenders with everything at our disposal, including teams of dedicated plain clothes officers, 150,000 CCTV cameras and over 100,000 texts sent to 61016 every year.
The importance of reports from victims and witnesses can’t be understated.
Men like Repetti are the reason that text 61016 and the Railway Guardian app exist.
We know how important it is that victims can silently contact police while an offender may be sitting next to them.