By Charis Hill, Crime Editor | @HillCharis
27-year-old Mohammed Marinov was jailed for 2 years at Wood Green Crown Court after pleading guilty to five counts of sexual assault and one count of outraging public decency.
Marinov, of Enfield, admitted to assaulting girls as young as 14, some of which were wearing school uniform, on a busy North London bus route in January, March and May 2018. The assaults took place during busy times on the 279, 34 and the 102 bus routes around North London. The first assault involving an 18-year-old girl happened on the 279 toward Waltham Cross at 6:30 pm on January 25. The Court heard how Marinov stood beside his victim throughout the journey, lifted her jacket and sexually assaulted her. Marinov assaulted his victim a second time throughout the journey leaving her too shocked and scared to speak out.
A little over a week later, Marinov assaulted a 14-year-old girl on the 279 at Ingersoll Road as she travelled toward her school.
On February 21 Marinov committed another assault, this time on a 15-year-old girl. The assault took place at 7.45am on a route 279 bus at Nightingale Road.
At around 8 am, on 12 March Marinov sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl who had boarded a busy route 34 bus at the Great Cambridge Road Roundabout area.
Three days later, on March 15 Marinov exposed himself to a 17-year-old girl on a route 102 bus.
After being identified by an officer in Haringey who recognized the offender from bus CCTV, Marinov was arrested on Friday, June 8. He was charged and remanded into custody.
In addition to two years imprisonment, the Court also ordered Marinov to comply with Sexual Offender Requirements for ten years and that he is served with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Detective Sergeant Edward Coleman of Road and Transport Policing said: ‘Marinov is an offender who has shown complete disregard to these victims, carrying out brazen and predatory assaults that left the young victims extremely distressed’
Siwan Hayward, Director of Compliance and Policing at Transport for London, commented: ‘The predatory actions of Marinov were appalling… We commend the victims for reporting and supporting the police investigation. This case sends a clear message that this behaviour is not tolerated on our network and offenders will be caught”