Man jailed after station sex assault

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A WIGAN man has been jailed for 35 weeks and placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years after admitting to sexually assaulting a woman at Manchester Victoria.

Terry Winstanley, 28, of Manley Street, Ince, appeared for sentencing at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday having pleaded guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing.

The court was told Winstanley had been at Manchester Victoria station on Saturday, January 16, 2013, when he approached a 29-year-old woman who was walking up the stairs.

He approached the woman from behind, touched her leg and continued to touch her inappropriately before making lewd comments to her about the incident. British Transport Police officers were immediately notified and Winstanley was arrested at the scene.

Detective Inspector Steve May said: “Winstanley’s actions towards the woman were horrific and at the time of the incident he seemed proud to have behaved in such a way.

“Though the victim in this case was not physically harmed she was, understandably, extremely distressed and Winstanley’s imprisonment should go some way towards giving her a sense of closure.”

DI May added: “The prison sentence and requirement to remain of the sex offenders’ register for 10 years serves as a warning to others who commit similar acts on the railway.

“Sexual assault on the north west rail network is rare yet, when it does happen, British Transport Police will do everything in its power to trace offenders and put them before the courts.

“We are also committed to providing all necessary support to victims and have specially trained officers and staff who can provide expert guidance and care.”