Thug jailed for stab­bing rail ticket in­spec­tor

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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?”

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