A woman was allegedly sexually assaulted by a Transport for London tube driver in the cockpit of a Jubilee line tube before he invited her to ‘Netflix and chill’.
The unnamed 19-year-old told London Crown Court on Thursday (June 17) that Nathaniel Cummings-Stewart, 47, also smelled cannabis on him.
Cummings-Stewart denies the allegations, but she claims it took place on August 21, 2020, when she was heading to Wembley Boxpark to meet friends shortly after midnight, My London reports.
She told the court how she was approached by the man wearing a TfL uniform, and took it to mean she could trust him – so she followed him into the cockpit of the train.
Under the guidance of Transport for London, drivers are not permitted to allow passengers into the cockpit before contacting controls or a manager, but the driver claims he did so because she had the looking “distressed” and trying to help her.
However, she told the court: “‘It was (the smell of cannabis) was strong, it must have been recent (that he was smoking).’
She claimed that once inside the cockpit, he locked the door, turned off the lights and closed the blinds – that’s when he made the offer to Netflix and ‘chill “.
She then tried to text her friends, but got no signal when she was in the tube.
After allegedly reaching out to give her a high five, he then proceeded to touch her upper thigh as the tube moved.
The next stop was Waterloo, where the woman got off and fled.
She said: “My heart was beating really, really fast; as soon as i got off the platform, i was jogging, my heart was racing.”
“I was really scared, I didn’t know what was going to happen and I was really scared of what was going to happen.”
A few days later, she told her mum what had happened and the incident was reported to TfL.
Her mum said: ‘She was sitting at the table, I was cooking, I think, and I knew something was wrong, she’s my daughter.
“I could see she wanted to tell me something – her looks, the way she looked at me, her whole posture.
“She talked about it and she said she had something to tell me.
“My hunch was that something had happened with a man and she was going to tell me something that I didn’t want to hear.
“She then tried to explain what had happened, and from what I remember she said something happened on the subway and she said a man had touched her .
“The first thing I asked her was ‘have you been raped’ because that’s my first fear, and she broke down and cried.”
The man denies the allegations and also denied smoking cannabis or using alcohol or drugs while driving the train.
The trial continues.
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