'Depraved' passenger jailed for sex act in front of schoolgirl on bus
Updated 12:04pm Saturday 15th March 2014 in News
A 47-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for a “depraved and corrupt” act in which he performed a sex act on a bus in front of a schoolgirl.
Clement Kumah was jailed for 27 months after he was caught in the act on a No 36 bus in Bolton on December 31, 2012.
Kumah was found guilty on Thursday at Bolton Crown Court of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, despite his claims the man in the CCTV was not him.
He fabricated a story that he was working at an office computer at the time and claimed he was a victim of mistaken identity.
Kumah was caught after an anonymous caller identified him from an appeal in The Bolton News.
As well as jailing him, Judge Peter Davies made Kumah the subject of a sexual prevention order for 10 years, saying that this and his previous convictions for two offences of indecent assault against women in 1996 make him a “serious risk of harm”.
The victim, now aged 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was a passenger on the bus from Bolton to Little Hulton when she was approached by Kumah on the top deck.
Judge Davies said: “You engaged in sexual activity in front of a 15-year-old girl. Anybody who saw the DVD will clearly see she is a young and vulnerable teenager.
“You followed her, she was sat on the top deck of the bus. You sat down across the aisle and exposed yourself.
“You kept staring at her and asked if she liked it. She was dumbfounded.
"It was depraved, it was corrupt. She was horrified and ran downstairs and sought comfort from a fellow female passenger. You alighted and made your way home.
“The identification evidence was compelling. You forged computer documents in a bid to deceive the jury, saying that you were working on an office computer.
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"They were bogus and exposed your manipulation and lack of remorse.”
Kumah, of Wateredge Close, Leigh, also must pay a victim surcharge of £120.