Thug jailed for stabbing rail ticket inspector
A TEENAGE thug who stabbed a ticket inspector has been jailed for four years, but his victim feels sorry for him.
The injured rail worker recalled how 17-year-old Robert Culley was “like an animal” as he lunged at him with a knife.
Trouble flared when Culley and his brother, Charles, 19, boarded the 8.20pm Southend to Fenchurch Street service in December without tickets.
The 42-year-old inspector and his colleague asked them to leave and a row broke out.
Robert stabbed the terrified man in his left armpit with the fourinch knife, while his brother punched the other worker.
The inspector, who didn’t want to be named, said: “He (Robert) was like an animal. He was just lunging at me jab, jab, jab with the knife. I don’t remember much else – I passed out.”
The brothers fled at East Tilbury from where CCTV images secured their arrest.
The pair, both of Tilbury, were sentenced at Basildon Crown Court.
Robert, who’d pleaded guilty to wounding, got concurrent four-year and two-year detention orders. Charles pleaded guilty to assault and got four-months.
The ticket inspector has said he feels sorry for his attacker.
The family man said: “I feel sorry for him and sad he has wasted his life. He is going to be 19 or 20 when he gets out and what is he going to do with his life?”