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Pervert gropes woman for 25 minutes on a crowded bus ..and NO-ONE tries to help her; NET CLOSES ON ATTACKER.

Byline: By JAKE MORRIS

THE net was last night closing in on the brute who sexually assaulted a woman for over 25 minutes on a packed city centre bus as no one came to her aid.

The victim and detectives were yesterday trawling through CCTV footage from the bus to find the fiend who pinned her against the window and started fondling her.

As he did so, the man, in his late 20s and thought to be south Asian, pleasured himself under his coat.

The student victim, 20, was put through 30 minutes of horror on the No 39 heading west from Dublin city centre when the man used his elbow to pin her against the side of the bus.

She had boarded the bus in D'Olier Street at 4.30pm on Tuesday on her way home to Castleknock.

But despite the tears pouring down her cheeks, other passengers did nothing.

The slightly-built victim, who weighs less than seven stone, said: "The way it happened, I was too scared to say anything. I was crying. He pinned me up against the window and squashed me.

"It was horrific. I didn't know what to do. People were looking at me and staring. I was crying, I didn't know what I was doing and I couldn't move."

The student even managed to text her mum to tell her what was happening, while other passengers just sat staring.

The man pretended to fall asleep as he masturbated, with the ordeal lasting 25 minutes. She eventually escaped when the bus stopped near her aunt's house.

Even then, the sick pervert chuckled as he forced her to climb over him to get off the bus.

A Garda spokesman said: "We are investigating and trying to see if anyone in the gardai know who this man is."

The attack was caught in full on digital cameras fitted on Dublin buses as part of a EUR2.8million Department of Transport scheme.

Dublin Bus spokeswoman Grainne Mackin said: "There are up to seven cameras on each bus and each one is recording continuously so there are no blackspots.

"They are very securely fitted, very discreet and behind security glass so if somebody was trying to dislodge them, they'd be noticed.

"They store images for five days and they're of a much higher quality than the old black and white video type recordings we used to have.

"You can zoom in on specific areas and enhance pictures for greater clarity."

The cameras have been used to nab smokers caught illegally lighting-up.

Dublin Buses said they are poised to distribute photos of the man to bus depots in a bid to identify him.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 11, 2005
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