Serial sex offender who lurked on buses and preyed on girls as young as 14 sentenced to two years in prison

Mohammed Marinov unabashedly sexually assaulted five girls on buses, including some in school uniforms, and has now been jailed for two years


                            Serial sex offender who lurked on buses and preyed on girls as young as 14 sentenced to two years in prison

A serial sex offender who prowled on young girls and women on buses across North London has been jailed for two years for his crimes. Mohammed Marinov, a 27-year-old from Enfield, appeared at the Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, September 7, and pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual assault and one count of outraging public decency.

The crimes took place during rush hours on the 279, 34 and 102 London bus routes and some of the girls targeted were wearing school uniforms. The first incident reportedly occurred on Thursday, 25 January at 6.30pm, when an 18-year-old girl was traveling on a route 279 bus from Ponders End towards Waltham Cross, the Daily Mail reported.

Mohammed Marinov is behind bars (Met Police)
Mohammed Marinov is behind bars (Met Police)

Marinov stood next to her on the busy bus near the luggage rack. At some point during the journey, the girl felt her jacket being lifted before he sexually assaulted her. The incident shocked her and she panicked, not knowing what to do or how to tell anyone. She eventually saw a seat become available and was able to get away from him.

The sexual predator then told the young girl to allow an elderly woman to sit in her seat. She was already scared so she moved and once again stood near the luggage rack, where Marinov sexually assaulted her once more. As soon as she reached her destination, she bolted from the bus and hid behind the bus shelter.

The second incident happened just over a week later, when a 14-year-old girl boarded the 279 bus at Ingersoll Road at 7.30 am to travel to her school in Enfield.

Marinov boarded the bus a couple of stops later and began to stare at his next prey. He went and stood close to her, making her feel uncomfortable, before sexually assaulting her and getting off at the Enfield Highway bus stop.

Then came the third assault on Wednesday, 21 February at 7.45 am. A 15-year-old girl boarded a route 279 bus at Nightingale Road, N9 with her brother and a friend. 

As the bus was crowded, she stood in the disabled bay area, where Marinov was already standing. He brushed his hand against her, making it look accidental so his victim did not bother.

Moments later, Marinov sexually assaulted her in a sudden move, forcing her to jump forward. The girl was able to move away from the pedophile when passengers got off at the next stop.



 

On March 15, Marinov exposed himself to a 17-year-old girl who sat on the upper deck of a route 102 bus on Fortismore Avenue towards Bounds Green. At around 8.50 am, Marinov boarded the bus and sat on the seat parallel to her. Moments later, she noticed him expose himself from the corner of her eye.

According to multiple reports, some of his victims were in school uniforms at the time of the assaults. All the victims reported the incidents shortly after they happened.

On Friday, a law enforcement officer in Haringey recognized him from the bus CCTV and subsequently arrested him. On 8 June, Marinov was charged with the aforementioned offenses and taken into custody. Marinov was eventually sentenced to two years behind bars on Friday, September 28, and ordered to comply with Sexual Offender Requirements for 10 years as well as served with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. 

Detective Sergeant Edward Coleman of the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “Marinov is an offender who has shown complete disregard to these victims, carrying out brazen and predatory assaults that left the young victims extremely distressed. I would like to thank all the victims and witnesses in this case for coming forward and finding the courage to speak about what happened to them."

He added: "As a result of the reports received, the Metropolitan Police Service, working in partnership with Transport for London, was able to link all the offenses and identify this serial sex offender and bring him to justice. We hope this sentence serves as some small comfort to the victims in knowing Marinov has been punished for the crimes he has committed. If anyone has been a victim of sexual offenses on London’s buses, I would urge them to report the matter.”

Siwan Hayward, Director of Compliance and Policing at Transport for London, said: "The predatory actions of Marinov were appalling. With our partners in the Metropolitan Police and the British Transport Police, we are committed to eradicating sexual offenses from London's public transport. We commend the victims for reporting and supporting the police investigation. This case sends a clear message that this behavior is not tolerated on our network and offenders will be caught and have to face justice for their disgusting crimes."