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Man guilty of train toilet sex attack on St Albans teenager

A man has been convicted of dragging a teenage girl into a train toilet and sexually assaulting her.

John Diddier, 49, of no fixed address, was found guilty at St Albans Crown Court of assaulting the 17-year-old from St Albans, Hertfordshire.

The attack took place in the early hours of 26 January on the London St Pancras to Bedford rail line.

Judge Marie Catterson adjourned sentence for reports from probation officers on the danger Diddier posed.

The court heard that the teenager had fallen asleep and had missed her stop at St Albans.

She said 'stop'

She woke when the train stopped at Bedford and it was here that Diddier assaulted her.

The court heard he grabbed her right wrist and pulled her into the cubicle where he trapped her and began to kiss her neck.

Prosecutor Janet Weeks told the jury: "She said: 'Stop', but he did not listen."

After his conviction, Ms Weeks told the jury Diddier had 24 previous court appearances for 70 offences.

Most were not sexually related but in 1984 he had been convicted of going into a hospital in Newham in London where he indecently assaulted a sleeping woman patient.

In 1992 he was sentenced to four years for two indecent assaults on women on trains.

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