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Leg stroke train sex pest caged

PUBLISHED: 14:26 22 April 2010 | UPDATED: 10:54 12 August 2010

A SEX pest who stroked a fashion student s leg in a train carriage has been jailed for eight months.

A SEX pest who stroked a fashion student's leg in a train carriage has been jailed for eight months.

Paul Chigbu, 42, who was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court, grabbed the teenager, who was on her way home to Hayes, Bromley, and told her "I like your legs"

The 17-year-old girl had finished her shift at Selfridges in central London on October 23, and was leaving Charing Cross Station when he grabbed the teenager, who ran off the train, and alerted two police officers.

Chigbu became aggressive when he was arrested, kicking out at officers and spitting in the face of a special constable.

The court heard that Chigbu, who was convicted by a jury of sexual assault and common assault, has convictions for two previous assaults in 1984 and 2003, as well as a string of other convictions.

During sentencing last Wednesday, Judge Anthony Leonard, QC said: "The victim was 17-years-old when you assaulted her. I am concerned that you still do not accept your offending behaviour. I stress that I have to sentence you against the background of your previous offending." Chigbu was also placed on the sexual offenders register for 10 years.

Jurors had heard Chigbu walked past the teenager, who was wearing leggings and knee-high boots, and then stood in front of her while swigging from a can of beer. She said: "I was sitting on the train talking to my friend on the phone. I saw the male come past me on the right hand side. He stopped in front of me and blocked me. He was just smirking. Then he got his right hand and grabbed my inner left thigh and said "I like your legs."

Chigbu, of Rutland Place, Catford, was unanimously found guilty of sexual assault and convicted of common assault on the special constable by a majority of 11-to-one.

He denied touching her thigh or spitting deliberately at the special constable.

His 34 previous convictions includes an assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault, assault on police, harassment, robbery, affray, disorderly behaviour, battery and using threatening or insulting words or behaviour.

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