A man has been charged with a string of offences including the assault of a vision-impaired man and his dog while travelling on a train in Sydney’s North West today.
Police will allege in court that a 24-year-old man approached an 18-year-old girl while she was seated waiting for a train at Parramatta Railway Station about 1.45pm (Thursday 28 May 2020).
He sexually touched the woman and kissed her on the cheek causing her to immediately leave the platform and board a train – the man followed close behind.
As the train approached Westmead Railway Station she alighted and reported the incident to Sydney Trains staff.
It’s alleged the man remained on the train and approached a vision-impaired man who was seated with his dog in the designated disabled space. The man verbally abused the victim, before punching him in the head a number of times, spitting on him, then kicking his dog.
A Sydney Trains employee stepped in to assist as the train pulled into Blacktown Railway Station where the man alighted.
Police were called, and officers from Blacktown Police Area Command, together with officers from the Police Transport Command – North West arrived on scene and arrested the man at the bus interchange at Blacktown.
During the arrest officers allege the man spat in the face of a police officer and made verbal threats. He was taken to Blacktown Police Station where he was charged with sexual touching, common assault, commit act of cruelty to an animal, assault police and intimidation of a police officer.
He was refused bail and will appear in Blacktown Local Court tomorrow (Friday 29 May 2020).