Married businessman, 46, who groped schoolgirl, 12, on bus faces jail after her mother tracked him down
- Prince Soni, 46, groped a 12-year-old girl on a bus in Kingston, west London
- The victim’s mother went back to the area to track down the businessman
- Soni was convicted of the sexual assault of a girl under the age of 13
- A jury at Iselworth Crown Court convicted Soni who faces a jail sentence
A bus passenger who fondled a 12-year-old girl is facing jail after he was tracked down by the victim’s mother.
Prince Soni, 46, sat next to the child as she travelled home from school on the lower deck and kept his left hand underneath his rucksack, before molesting her.
When the victim told her parents about the ordeal in floods of tears her mother went back to the bus station in Kingston in an attempt to try and identify the attacker.
A jury at Isleworth Crown Court convicted Prince Soni, 46, of sexually assaulting the 12-year-old girl who he molested on a bus in Kingston, west London on December 13, 2019
The victim’s mother returned to Kingston station using her daughter’s description to identify Soni before confronting him and calling police
Using her daughter’s description of a tall man, aged in his 40s wearing a black turban, gold rings and white Apple AirPods, she snapped a picture of Soni sitting at the back of a bus.
The mother dialled 999 and got the driver of the bus to pull over and refused to let Soni off as he frantically tried to claim he was late for work.
Married Soni, who owns a shop, pressed the emergency button allowing him to escape but handed himself into police the next day.
Giving evidence he told jurors at Isleworth Crown Court the girl was mistaken and he was drifting in and out of sleep.
He admitted his elbow may have pressed against her as the bus ‘jolted’ when the driver broke, but denied touching her.
But he was convicted of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13 by the jury on 3 June.
Judge Robin Johnson adjourned sentencing until July 9.
Soni received a caution in 2015 for stroking a girl, then 16, with the back of his hand on a bus as he pretended to snooze.
Giving evidence from behind a screen in court room 12, the girl, now aged 14, said she boarded the bus at around 3.50pm on December 13, 2019 with two friends.
She sat on the lower level with one friend while the other went to the top deck and Soni came and sat next to her in the vacant seat.
Jurors watched the CCTV footage of the busy bus bound for Kingston as Soni sat there playing with his phone before putting a rucksack over his lap and grabbing the girl.
The court heard Soni squeezed the girl in an intimate fashion and grabbed her thigh.
She said: ‘I didn’t say anything because I was scared, I was in shock, and I couldn’t see many seats to move to.
‘I was scared he would do something if I tried to say something.’
Simon Sandford, prosecuting, read out the witness statement from the girl’s mother who went looking for Soni on December 16, three days after the assault.
The mother said she snapped a picture of Soni and sent it to her daughter who identified him as the suspect.
Soni, from Cranford, Hounslow, denied but was convicted of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13.