A MAN from Shenfield has been handed a five-year sexual offences prevention order for inappropriately touching two women on the London Underground.

Mauro Pavoni, 52, of Glanmead, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault at Westminster Magistrates’ Court following incidents in January and March.

Pavoni committed the first offence on Monday, January 27, when travelling between Liverpool Street station and St Paul’s.

The court heard that the first victim, a woman in her 20s, boarded a westbound Central Line train and felt someone touch her inappropriately. She moved away and Pavoni continued his actions, doing so several times during the course of the journey.

When the train arrived at St Paul’s she left the train and immediately alerted staff.

The second offence took place again on the central line near Bond Street station, on Wednesday, March 19.

Pavoni boarded a westbound Central Line train at Liverpool Street, and sat close to an 18-year-old woman from Dagenham. He started to touch her inappropriately, before she moved away and he followed her repeating his actions.

She left the train and informed police.

Pavoni was arrested the following week after he was spotted by the victim of his first assault on Monday, March 24, as she accompanied plain clothes officers at Liverpool Street station on a follow-up search for her assailant.

He evaded officers but was arrested the following day. Officers dealing with the second incident soon noticed the similarities in the description of the suspect and Pavoni was further arrested for this offence.

Pavoni was ordered to serve a three-year community order comprising a three-year prohibited activity requirement, a 75-day programme requirement, supervision, a five-year sexual offences prevention order and a five-year notification requirement.

Detective Constable Martin Chapman, who led the investigation, said: “Both witnesses should be commended for informing the police about what had taken place and assisting officers in the course of this investigation.

“Their involvement was key to securing the conviction of Mauro Pavoni, who made both women feel scared and vulnerable and frightened to continue with their journeys.”