July 2018

‘Rush Hour Prowler’ jailed for six years after ‘shocking and violating’ sex attacks on south London schoolgirls

A pervert known as the Rush Hour Prowler who attacked young girls on their way to and from school has been jailed for six years.

Kevin Bond, a former nightclub owner and operations manager at South Bank University, targeted victims across south-east London.

He grabbed schoolgirls as young as eight before fleeing on foot in what the judge described as a “shocking, violating, frightening, distressing” campaign of attacks.

Bond, 52, of Chislehurst, Bromley, usually targeted lone women or young girls in pairs, once following an 11-year-old girl into a lift to attack her.

The married father of two’s offending was so prolific that police conducted a campaign across the boroughs of Southwark, Bexley, Lewisham and Bromley with schools and parents to make sure young girls travelled in groups and, where possible, were accompanied by an adult.

Bond first struck on October 6 2016 and was not tracked down until November last year following a release of CCTV images in a public appeal for information.

He admitted 11 counts of sexual assault and three counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 after his DNA was found on the crotch of a victim’s jeans and when multiple other victims picked him out of identity parades.

At a sentencing hearing at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday, prosecutor Ben Lloyd said: “The defendant’s typical offending involved following unsuspecting women and girls in public places, often on their way to and from work during typical commuting hours.

“Having followed them along the street or into buildings, he would surprise them, grab them on their private parts and then run off.

“Needless to say the victims were left shocked and extremely upset by what had happened – one of the victims was just eight years old.”

In personal statements, several of Bond’s victims said they were now afraid to venture out alone and were very nervous of lone men, with one girl saying she now actively avoids town centres because she is too anxious.

Jailing him for six years, Judge Nicholas Heathcote Williams QC said: “What you did was deeply shocking, violating, frightening, distressing and disturbing for your victims.

“These offences involved a significant degree of planning – choosing likely areas, identifying victims and waiting for your opportunity to strike.”

Bond was also ordered to sign on to the sex offenders register for life and barred from living with or having unsupervised contact with girls under the age of 18 unless with the knowledge and consent of social services and the child’s parent or guardian