LONDON, UK – A predator that sexually assaulted a 17-year-old woman in KFC has been banned from entering all pubs, bars, and night-clubs situated within the M25 motorway for one year.
Gavrilla Hotica, 23, and of Bristow Road, London, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 26 August where he pleaded guilty to sexual assault by touching.
On Monday 23 September, a judge sentenced him to a community order stating that he is not to enter any public houses, bars, or night-clubs until 22 September 2022. He was also ordered to pay £500 compensation, a £95 victim surcharge, and £85 in compensation to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Hotica was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years.
At around 10 pm on Friday 8 November 2019, a 17-year-old woman was queuing for a meal in KFC, located within West London’s Victoria railway station. Hotica approached her from behind uninvited and pressed his chest against her back while peering over her shoulder to read a text she was sending a friend.
Hotica then moved so he was side-by-side with the woman and proceeded to touch her in a sexual manner and asked her where she was from. The woman managed to move away from Hotica to order her meal before he approached her for a second time as she waited to collect it.
Hotica proceeded to engage her in conversation before sexually assaulting her a second time. The victim, who was intimidated and angry, shook Hotica off, collected her meal, and went to sit with friends at a table in KFC.
After the victim told her friends what had just occurred, they left KFC and reported the incident to a security guard within Victoria station who duly called BTP.
Officers arrived and Hotica was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault by touching. He was heard to say “I just touch” by the arresting officers while under caution.
BTP Detective Constable, Rabindra Singh, said: “Hotica’s acts on that evening were wholly unacceptable, brazen and caused significant emotional distress to his victim.
He targeted a young woman and molested her publicly. We have absolutely zero tolerance for unwanted sexual behavior on the railway and we will always do everything in our power to thoroughly investigate.
I would like to thank the victim for her support throughout the investigation, and wish her well for the future.”