Woman invited into Tube driver’s cockpit says he ‘sexually assaulted her’

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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 anonymous 19-year-old told London Crown Court on Thursday (June 17) that Nathaniel Cummings-Stewart, 47, that she also smelt cannabis on him.

Cummings-Stewart denies the allegations, but she claims that it took place on August 21, 2020, when she was travelling 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 felt that that meant she could trust him – so followed him into the cockpit of the train.

Under Transport for London guidance, drivers are not permitted to allow passengers into the cockpit before contacting controls or a manager, but the driver claims that he did this because she looked “distressed” and he was trying to help her.

However, she told the court: “”It (the smell of cannabis) was strong, it must have been recent (that he'd been smoking)."

She claimed that once inside the cockpit, he locked the door, turned off the lights and closed the blinds – which is when he made the offer of Netflix and “chill”.

She then tried to text her friends, but had no signal when on the tube.

Having allegedly reached over to give her a high five, he then started touching her upper thigh while the tube was moving.

The next stop was Waterloo, which is where the woman got off at and she fled.

She said: “My heart was beating really, really quickly; as soon as I got out of the platform I was jogging, my heart was pounding."

“I got really scared, I didn't know what was going to happen and I really did fear for 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 sat at the table, I was cooking, I believe, and I knew something was wrong, she's my daughter.

“I could see she wanted to tell me something – the way she looked, the way she was looking at me, her whole posture.

“She brought it up and she said she had something to tell me.

“My gut feeling was something had happened with a man and she's going to tell me something that I don't want to hear.

“She then tried to explain what happened, and from what I can remember she said something had happened on the Tube and she said a man touched her.

“The first thing I asked her was 'were you raped' because that’s my first fear, and she broke down and cried.”

The man denies the allegations and has also denied smoking cannabis or consuming any alcohol or drugs whilst driving the train.

The trial continues.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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