Married businessman, 46, who groped schoolgirl, 12, on bus, faces jail time after 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 sexually assaulting a girl under 13
- An Iselworth Crown Court jury has sentenced Soni to jail
A bus passenger who stroked a 12-year-old girl faces jail time after being tracked down by the victim’s mother.
Prince Soni, 46, sat next to the child as she traveled home from school on the lower deck, holding his left hand under his backpack before molesting her.
When the victim tearfully told her parents about the ordeal, her mother returned to the bus station in Kingston in an attempt to identify the attacker.
An Isleworth Crown Court jury has convicted 46-year-old Prince Soni of sexually assaulting the 12-year-old girl he assaulted on a bus in Kingston, west London, on December 13, 2019.
The victim’s mother returned to Kingston station and used her daughter’s description to identify Soni before confronting him and calling the police.
Using her daughter’s description of a tall man in her 40s wearing a black turban, gold rings, and white Apple AirPods, she snapped a photo of Soni sitting in the back of a bus.
The mother called 999 and had the bus driver stop and refused to let Soni out as he frantically tried to claim he was late for work.
Married Soni, who owns a shop, pressed the emergency button that allowed him to escape, but turned himself in to police the next day.
During the witness hearing, he told Isleworth Crown Court jurors that the girl was mistaken and that he was drifting in and out of sleep.
He admitted his elbow pressed against her as the bus ‘shocked’ when the driver broke down, but denied touching her.
But he was convicted by the jury on June 3 for sexually assaulting a child under 13.
Judge Robin Johnson postponed the sentencing until July 9.
Soni was warned in 2015 for petting a girl, then 16, with the back of his hand on a bus while pretending to snooze.
Testifying from behind a screen in courtroom 12, the girl, now 14 years old, said she got on the bus with two friends at around 3:50 pm on December 13, 2019.
She sat on the lower floor with a friend, while the other went to the upper deck, and Soni sat down next to her in the empty seat.
Jurors watched CCTV footage of the crowded bus heading to Kingston as Soni sat there fiddling with his phone before putting a backpack across his lap and grabbing the girl.
The court heard Soni intimately squeezed the girl 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 chairs to go to.
“I was afraid he would do something if I tried to say something.”
Prosecutor Simon Sandford read the testimony of the girl’s mother who went looking for Soni on December 16, three days after the attack.
The mother said she took a photo of Soni and sent it to her daughter, who identified him as a suspect.
Soni, of Cranford, Hounslow, denied but was convicted of assaulting a child under 13.