Norfolk man is placed on the Sex offenders Register after sexually assaulting the same woman twice on trains to Cambridge

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A Norfolk man who sexually assaulted the same woman twice on trains to Cambridge has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

Servet Çan Ozdemir name must remain on the register for five years. He was also ordered to complete 35 days of rehabilitation activity and 50 days on a behavioural programme before October 2018 after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault.

Çan Ozdemir, 22, of Elizabeth Avenue, Downham Market, was sentenced at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 30 October after admitting sexually assaulting a 23-year-old woman on two occasions in July.

At an earlier hearing the court was told Ozdemir targeted the commuter on Friday, 24 July and Monday, 27 July after boarding a train to Cambridge at Downham Market.

On the first occasion, Ozdemir began touching the woman as she slept, the court was told. The assault woke her up, but she was too scared to open her eyes and challenge Ozdemir.

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Ozdemir approached the same woman again three days later, sitting next to her on the train before sexually assaulting her.

This time the victim challenged Ozdemir, taking a photo of him on her phone and handing it to British Transport Police.

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Following sentencing, PC Matt Mildinhall said: “I would like to commend the victim for reporting these incidents to us.

“We take every report of unwanted sexual behaviour extremely seriously and, as this case shows, we will always do our utmost to bring those responsible before the courts.

“I would urge anyone who has been a victim to let us know, either by texting us on 61016, or calling 0800 40 50 40. In an emergency always dial 999.”

Report It To Stop It

We recently launched the Report It To Stop It campaign across the country, which aims to further increase the reporting of unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport in the capital.

The high-profile online campaign aims to build on the success of Project Guardian, a long-term initiative to increase awareness and confidence amongst the public to report sexual offences; particularly those offences which are often unreported, such as sexual touching, exposure, outraging public decency, lewd comments, leering and harassment.

Every day, plain clothes and uniformed officers patrol the transport network to identify offenders and prevent crime. Victims of unwanted sexual behaviour can report it by text on 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40.

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