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Saturday 26 July 2014

Woman groped by passenger in train nightmare

Man admits before court to assault

Andrew Phelan

Published 19/12/2013|07:26

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A TRAIN passenger sexually assaulted a frightened young woman after sitting beside her on a commuter service to Dublin.

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Shiu Chu (29) singled out the victim who was seated alone, touching her leg on the train, before putting his hand up her skirt and groping her on the platform at Connolly Station.

Chu, a dialysis patient on a waiting list for a kidney transplant, admitted assaulting the woman, but could not explain the “compulsion” that came over him.

Judge William Early adjourned sentencing at Dublin district court for psychologist's and probation reports, and payment of €2,000 compensation.

Chu, with an address at Old Golf Links Road, Dundalk, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to sexual assault at Connolly Station earlier this year. Garda Joanne Myles said the accused got on the train on the day and singled out the victim, who was sitting alone.

He sat down beside her and touched his leg against hers, making her feel uncomfortable. When the train got to Connolly, he grabbed her thigh.

He then left and she waited for some time before alighting, thinking “her ordeal was over”.

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However, Chu had waited for her on the platform and when she passed him, he put his hand up her skirt and grabbed her bottom.

After she raised the alarm, Chu was stopped by security, and gardai were called.

He admitted everything to them and waived his right to speak to a solicitor.

He told officers he knew the woman was afraid and he did not know why he was doing it, but he could not stop.

“His actions on the day were entirely inappropriate, entirely wrong and very upsetting for the injured party,” the defendant's barrister Kevin White said. “He is very apologetic and very embarrassed.”

Chu had been in Ireland since he was born and worked in the family business in Dundalk. He was suffering from poor health and was awaiting kidney and pancreas transplants.

Judge Early said the accused's description of what happened amounted to a “compulsion” that would require a psychologist's report.

The judge adjourned the case to a date in May next year.

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