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James MacLean fined £1,568 for train sex assault
7:31am Saturday 2nd November 2013 in News
A MAN has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman on a train.
Guards radioed police at York Railway Station to meet the late-night King’s Cross to Newcastle East Coast service to deal with drunken James Manson MacLean, York magistrates were told by Cathy Turnbull, prosecuting.
First MacLean annoyed a woman passenger, and then squeezed a female member of staff’s bottom as she walked past him, the court heard. She later told police his actions made her feel “as if men could just please themselves. I would like to do my work without being grabbed”.
Staff alerted British Transport Police and refused to let MacLean continue his journey after York.
MacLean, 38, of Loch Nevis Crescent, Mallaig, Invernessshire, denied sexually assaulting the woman, but failed to attend his trial and was convicted in his absence. He admitted failure to attend court.
Magistrates fined him £680 and ordered him to pay £200 compensation to the woman, £620 prosecution costs and a £68 statutory surcharge.
MacLean said he had missed the trial because he worked on an oil rig and there were insufficient helicopter flights from it to get him to shore in time.