cowardly and depraved masked sex attacker who targetted a paramedic near Buckingham Palace and assaulted a woman on a train was caught after Met Police detectives tracked his hired Boris Bike.
Vile 28-year-old Christon Wright dragged the paramedic into some bushes at St James’s Park at around midnight on 29th January 2021.
He pulled his trousers down on a train three days later and molested a second female victim between Waterloo East and Greenhithe in Kent.
Despite his horrific crimes, Wright, of Nelson Square, Southwark, was jailed for just three years and eight months after admitting two counts of sexual assault relating to the first victim, and sexual assault and exposure for the incident that took place on the train.
Detectives used financial analysis to link the sexual predator to the Santander hire bike he was using at the time.
Catherine Milsom, prosecuting, explained to the court that the first victim had just finished a shift as a paramedic and went for a walk at St James’s Park.
She said: ‘She was in the park, she walked around the lake and up towards Buckingham Palace.
‘She noticed a man nearby. It was this defendant.
‘He was wearing a face mask and hoodie and something about him made her very suspicious.’
After becoming uneasy, the victim changed her direction but spotted Wright hiding behind some trees and stalking her before he told her ‘I just want to f*** you’.
Ms Milsom added: ‘She started to walk quickly and saw he was following her.
‘She thought he wanted to rob her and offered him her mobile phone.
‘He didn’t take it and instead said “I just want to f**k you”‘.
Wright dragged the struggling woman up to some bushes and sexually assaulted her.
In a brave attempt to get away the woman bit his hand and he made off on a Santander hire bike.
Two days days later Wright targeted a teenager who was sitting alone on a train watching YouTube videos on her phone.
Ms Milsom again told the court: ‘On February 2 on a train, a woman 19 years of age, was sitting on a carriage on the way to Kent and at Greenhithe got off because the defendant stood behind her.
‘When she stood to get off and turned round, she found the defendant with his trousers down. The Crown would say he is dangerous.’
Detectives based at Charing Cross police station launched an investigation and pieced together CCTV evidence showing him cycle away from the first attack.
He was seen on CCTV to dock the bike in Lower Marsh on the Southbank.
Wright was then linked to the train assault by his DNA.
Referring to the attack on the paramedic, Judge Andrew Goymer said:
‘It is sufficient to say he followed the victim into St James’s Park, she was subjected to considerable force and feared, for good reason, she was going to be raped.
‘Both are very unpleasant assaults and very distressing to the victims and nobody suggests anything other than a sentence of imprisonment of some substance.’
Wright was also placed in the sex offenders’ register for life.
Detective Constable Henh Ban Song of Central West CID said:
‘My colleagues and I are using all legitimate methods at our disposal to identify and convict those who commit crimes against women in the capital.
‘In this case, Met officers based at Charing Cross police station used technologies including the CCTV network, financial instrument analysis and DNA matching to identify and convict the offender.
‘Women and girls in London are safer for our hard work and tenacity.’
Det Con Song also appealed for any other victims of the predator to come forward, adding: ‘In my view, Wright’s offending may have escalated quickly and alarmingly had he not been caught so soon after the offence in St James’s Park.
‘I am appealing for anyone else who may have been a victim of Wright to contact me by calling 101 with the reference 6502934/21.’
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