Gipsy Hill man who molested teen in KFC and told police ‘I just touch’ barred from all pubs

Josh Salisbury (05 November, 2020)

He has been banned from all pubs, bars and clubs within the M25 for two years

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A Gipsy Hill man who sexually assaulted a teenager in KFC has been banned from all pubs, bars and clubs within the M25 for two years.

Gavrilla Hotica, 23, confessed to sexual assault by touching in August, and was sentenced at the end of September. He was spared jail, but was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.

When arrested, police say he told them: “I just touch.”

Hotica, of Bristow Road, approached his seventeen-year-old victim from behind at the KFC inside Victoria station at around 10pm on November 8 last year, a court heard.

He pressed his chest against her back, while looking over her shoulder to read her texts. He then moved to her side and touched her, asking where she was from.

The court heard that the victim moved away from him to order her meal, but he approached her again as she waited to collect it.

He then sexually assaulted her a second time. The victim, described by police as “intimidated and angry”, then went to sit with friends at a table after getting her meal.

When her friends learned of what happened, they told a security guard, who then rang the police.

“Hotica’s acts on that evening were wholly unacceptable, brazen and caused significant emotional distress to his victim,” said Detective Constable, Rabindra Singh of British Transport Police.

“He targeted a young woman and molested her publicly.

“We have absolutely zero tolerance for unwanted sexual behaviour 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.”

Alongside the ban lasting until 22 September 2022, Hotica was also ordered to pay £500 compensation, a £95 victim surcharge and £85 in compensation to the Crown Prosecution Service.

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