Alican Reilly, 21, appeared so convincingly ‘official’ that one victim thought he might be a police officer or ticket inspector.And did he behave how you might expect a police officer or ticket inspector to behave? Say, identifying himself and asking to check your ticket?
Reilly rubbed himself through his jeans as he handled the women’s shoes or touched their feet.Ummm…
He first struck on 28 October 2010 on a train from Kew Bridge towards Clapham Junction, Blackfriars Crown Court heard Reilly told the victim he liked her boots and asked her if they came off, but she replied "no, they staying on".OK, so, that can be interpreted as a clumsy conversational gambit that failed. Who hasn’t been the recipient of one of these..? No harm, no foul.
The next victim was travelling on the top deck of an empty bus from Coldharbour Lane in Hayes towards Harrow on 17 April 2014 when Hayes came and sat beside her.
"He asked me to take my boots off, it sounded very official like maybe he was a ticket inspector or CID or with the police - I felt like I had to," she said.
Reilly then ran his hands all over her boots and put his hand inside them, before putting his hands on her feet and rubbing them "almost like a massage." He asked the woman if he could keep her boots, but she refused.
The woman said: "I didn’t feel like I could call for help because he was so official with me - I didn’t like the way he touched me, it made me feel very uncomfortable."You have to be kidding me..!
She added: "No one has the right to touch me, I didn’t give him permission."Well, yes, yes you did, because you didn’t not give permission! You simply sat there like a cowed prey animal hoping the mauling wouldn’t be fatal!
She was so concerned she left her seat and went and sat close to another male passenger and told him what had happened.Brilliant survival strategy! Now he knows you are a pathetic victim type, and if the feminist whackjobs were right and ‘all men are rapists!’ you’ve just compounded your troubles.
Luckily for you, they aren’t.
A month later on 28 May 2014, Reilly approached a 14 year-old-girl on the Metropolitan line as she made her way home from a day out with a friend. Again he sat down beside her, despite the fact the train was almost empty, and told her she had nice shoes and asked where she got them from and how she took them off. Once he had tricked her into taking her boots off, he began feeling her feet while covering his crotch with a newspaper so he could rub his genitals.She’s 14, so I’m inclined to give some leeway. Not much, though.
He was eventually tracked down by British Transport Police via his freedom pass but was declared unfit to plead because of his profound autism.Oh, shocker!
Following the jury’s decision, Judge Peter Clarke QC said: "Not only is what he did to those woman wholly unacceptable, but also consider what a man witnessing this sort of behaviour might do to him."Yes, you see, he might be the real victim!
Well, we can but hope…
He told Reilly there was "no question of a prison sentence" but ordered him to return to court on 21 September to determine future mental health treatment. The judge said: "Authorities are very strapped for cash at the moment but it’s important that they do everything we can to try and help."I’d rather you helped the women this pervert targets, but then, they don’t seem to help themselves, do they?