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Flasher's vile' sex act on dancer

PUBLISHED: 15:41 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:32 12 August 2010

A SERIAL flasher who performed a vile sex act on a train over a sleeping ballet dancer has been jailed for 18 months.  Charity worker Murray Hatcher, 35, of Station Road, Penge was caught by DNA he left on the woman s hair and clothing on an early mornin

A SERIAL flasher who performed a vile sex act on a train over a sleeping ballet dancer has been jailed for 18 months.

Charity worker Murray Hatcher, 35, of Station Road, Penge was caught by DNA he left on the woman's hair and clothing on an early morning train from Brixton to Penge East, Southwark Crown Court heard. The pervert was previously convicted in November 2007 for performing a sex act on himself in a churchyard green for two hours in Stratford Broadway.

On March 29 this year, his latest victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, woke in horror. Prosecutor Max Hardy said: "She had been awake for over 24 hours and at a party the night before.

"Entering the train she fell asleep. She became aware of a physical presence with her physical personal space.

"When becoming aware of the physical presence she did then wake, didn't immediately see anyone but seemed to sense someone behind her. As she awoke she noticed a viscous fluid on her clothing and couldn't initially work out what had happened to her." The dancer got up to get off the train at Penge East and noticed Hatcher sitting directly behind her chair.

It was only when walking down the platform she noticed more of the sticky substance in her hair and over her handbag.

The traumatised woman then called the police who bagged her clothing and swabbed her hair as evidence.

The sexual exhibitionist was then arrested on May 15 after his DNA was matched to the semen and he pleaded guilty to the offence. In a victim impact statement read out in court the woman said: "I was completely shocked and disgusted by what had happened. "I was angry and appalled." Judge Stephen Robbins jailed the pervert for 18 months for a sexual assault he had not come across in his 40 year career. He said: "Perhaps what she says in her statement is a bit of an understatement. I have little doubt this will be etched in her memory if not a nightmare for her for the rest of her life."

Hatcher breached the conditions of his eight-month sentence, suspended for two years, handed to him in November 2007. The serial flasher openly performed a sex act on himself in front of a mother and her 16-year-old daughter in Stratford Broadway in September 2006.

Hatcher, had been caught exposing himself on four separate occasions since 1999, including an incident in Vauxhall Park, Lambeth, in September 2000, when he flashed a young woman.

kate.mead@archant.co.uk

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