CCTV: teen girls assaulted on tram
Police want to speak with a man of Indian appearance following the sexual assault of two teenage girls on a crowded Melbourne tram.PT0M28S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3boes 620 349 July 10, 2014
Police have arrested a man who allegedly indecently assaulted two schoolgirls on a busy Melbourne tram last month.
Two year 11 students were assaulted on a packed tram travelling past the Domain tram interchange on St Kilda Road in Melbourne shortly after 3.15pm on Friday 20 June, police say.
The 17-year-old high school students took photographs of a man, which police released on Thursday with a public appeal for him to come forward.
The man police wish to speak to.
On Thursday night Victoria Police confirmed a 28-year-old Maidstone man had handed himself into police. He has been charged with two counts of indecent assault and bailed to appear appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on November 10.
Detective Sean Campbell, from the Transit Crime Investigation Unit, said the girls performed "flawlessly" and took good photos of the alleged offender.
"In this day and age more often than not you’re going to be caught on some form of media and instantly transmitted all over the place," he said.
The girls had boarded the tram at domain in a large group when the man targeted one girl "where he's proceeded to behave in a manner that's caused her to move out of the way,” Detective Campbell said.
"He's then targeted a friend of hers who was unaware that she was being assaulted until her friends have drawn her attention to it then they’ve both proceeded to get off the tram and leave the area before contacting police.”
The girl was not immediately aware she was being indecently assaulted because it was a crowded tram, he said.
Detective Campbell described the man’s behaviour on the tram as “no doubt concerning”.
“To say its not publicly acceptable would be an understatement,” he said. “In the nature of the business I’m in it's not the first time i’ve seen something like this and I suspect not going to be the last.”
The man got off the tram at Flinders Street, but police were unable to track his movements from there. He has been described as Indian in appearance, aged about 30 years old, with a medium build, brown eyes and dark hair.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
- with Patrick Hatch and Beau Donelly