A married dad has been told he might be sent to prison after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman on a 142 bus.
Rohtash Singh, 42, was accused of sitting next to the woman, who is in her 20s, and putting his hand on her knee before moving it up onto her thigh.
The woman said the ordeal that lasted around half an hour.
Singh denied the allegation, claiming there was nowhere else to sit on the service from Piccadilly to Parrs Wood in East Didsbury.
A jury rejected his version of events, taking just over an hour to convict him of a single charge of sexual assault.
Judge Michael Leeming said several elements of the case were ‘concerning’ and warned Singh jail was a real possibility.
He said: “The complainant has the right to travel on public transport without being subjected to the unwanted attentions of a stranger, never mind being sexually assaulted.
“Having heard her give evidence, it is abundantly clear she was terribly upset by what happened and it has had a profound effect on her.
“I do have concerns about a number of things.
“The persistence he showed and the fact he wasn’t in any way deterred by the presence of other passengers.
“Then there is the behaviour upon exiting the bus.”
During the trial, jurors were told the woman’s body language made it clear she didn’t want to engage with Singh, but that she was ‘frozen by fear’ after he began touching her.
The court heard Singh told the woman before he got off the bus: “I just want to thank you. You are very kind.”
Giving evidence, the victim said that when the bus stopped at Parrs Wood, she got off and raised the alarm at the nearby entertainment complex.
Singh, who is married and has one child, was said to be ‘hovering’ in the area and ‘passed out’ when he was approached by security staff at the nearby Tesco store.
He told the trial he fell to the ground, adding: “[I] saw darkness in front of my eyes.” and passed out.
Singh was later arrested.
He admitted speaking to the woman, saying he was ‘talkative’.
Singh said any contact must have been down to him having a heavy bag on his lap and having a condition that makes his fingers go numb.
Judge Leeming said his account was ‘quite rightly’ rejected by jurors.
He was released on bail pending sentence, but Judge Leeming said that ‘should not be taken as an indication that a non-custodial sentence will be passed’, adding that all options were open.
Singh, of Brocklebank Road, Fallowfield, will be sentenced on Friday, September 28.