Women flee drunk passenger’s unwanted sexual advances
A PETRIFIED Queensland Rail employee had to lock herself in a room at a train station platform to escape the advances of a drunken pest.
The brazen wannabe Romeo also sought sex from a female train passenger who he hassled only minutes earlier, a court heard on Monday.
Appearing at Ipswich Magistrates Court, Arol Tong Lual, 25, from North Ipswich, pleaded guilty to creating a disturbance or nuisance on June 27; drinking alcohol on a railway when not permitted on June 27; evading a train fare; and failing to comply with a reporting condition in April.
The reporting condition was imposed in November 2016 when Lual had been convicted and jailed for groping girls at the Orion Lagoon at Springfield.
Prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said Lual failed to comply with his conditions by not reporting his contact with children under the age 16.
In that April incident Lual got off an Ipswich train at Roma Street station in Brisbane and began talking to a child on the platform.
Lual shook the child's hand and when the mother told him to stop he verbally abused her.
Sgt Dick said Lual, in a separate offence, walked onto an Ipswich train station platform on June 27, when railway staff heard him proposition an unknown female for sex.
The woman told him she did not know him and moved away.
Sgt Dick said Lual was intoxicated and while standing on Platform 1 he then propositioned a female staff member for sex.
The woman was scared and quickly locked herself in an office on the platform.
Lual was seen to be drinking when he boarded the Brisbane-bound train.
Queensland Rail staff held the train at the platform until police arrived.
"He was extremely intoxicated. The bottle he had held red wine," Sgt Dick said.
"He said he was trying to get home to Bundamba.
"Police failed to locate a valid train ticket or a GoCard. He simply walked through the barriers with no ticket."
Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Lual was heavily intoxicated at the time of his offences but this was no excuse for his behaviour.
Magistrate Donna MacCallum convicted and fined him $800.