At­tack af­ter man seen act­ing strangely Thug punched and bit ticket col­lec­tor on high-speed train

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A ticket col­lec­tor on a train was attacked and beaten up by a pas­sen­ger in an un­pro­voked at­tack.

An­thony Driscoll was on duty on a train which had left St Pan­cras in Lon­don in Fe­bru­ary last year.

Can­ter­bury Crown Court heard that as it neared Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional sta­tion he was made aware of a man act­ing strangely.

Prose­cu­tor Trevor Wright said pas­sen­gers had re­ported David Hus­sain-Porter dodg­ing in and out of toi­lets and they sus­pected he was trav­el­ling with­out a ticket on the high-speed train.

He said that Hus­sain-Porter went to get off the train but the doors closed and Mr Driscoll then asked him for his ticket.

“The de­fen­dant claimed he had bought a ticket but couldn’t pro­duce it. Mr Driscoll asked him for his de­tails and the de­fen­dant gave him an ad­dress in Liver­pool but no post­code.

“By this time the train was ap­proach­ing Folke­stone West Sta­tion and Mr Driscoll re­alised he wouldn’t have time to check the de­tails and de­cided to let him get off the train.

“But with­out any provocation Hus­sain-Porter punched the ticket col­lec­tor in the head and bit him. Mr Driscoll then grabbed the de­fen­dant and the two fell out on to the plat­form.

“With the help of a pas­sen­ger, Ken­neth Tur­rell, Hus­sain-Porter was re­strained and the po­lice were called, “he added.

Hus­sain-Porter ad­mit­ted the as­sault and was or­dered by the judge to re­ceive treat­ment un­der the Men­tal Health Act.

Mukhtiar Singh, de­fend­ing, said Hus­sain-Porter, who is home­less, was suf­fer­ing from a schizophrenic re­lated dis­or­der and was hear­ing voices in his head.

He said: “This was a hor­rific at­tack and he has now shown re­morse but doc­tors say his men­tal con­di­tion could de­te­ri­o­rate with­out help.”

Hus­sain-Porter was made sub­ject to a Sec­tion 37 or­der un­der the Men­tal Health Act.

AS­SAULT: Hus­sain-Porter was re­ported as the train neared Ash­ford

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