Yob jailed for attacks during train journey
TWO boys were racially abused and a guard punched in the face after two thugs boarded a train at Southport.
A mum with a baby was also left fearing for her safety in the incident.
One of the men has now been jailed for 20 weeks, following a British Transport Police investigation.
Police reported that John Edward Igoe, 35, of Pennine Close, St Helens, was jailed at Sefton Magistrates’ Court on Friday, September 7. He was also ordered to pay £500 compensation to his victim.
Nathan Harding, 27, of Prior Street, Bootle, was fined £381 for racially aggravated threatening behaviour in the lead-up to the assault. He was ordered to pay costs of £250 and a victim surcharge of £38.
The court heard how on August 16 last year both men boarded a train at Southport Railway Station and were behaving in a loud and disorderly manner, with Harding shouting and swearing.
At Blundellsands and Crosby station, two Asian boys boarded the train and were immediately subject to racially aggressive abuse from Harding.
When a woman with a baby intervened, Harding became aggressive. Fearing for her safety she backed away and reported him to the guard.
When the pair left the train at Waterloo and the guard tried to close the carriage doors, Igoe prevented him from doing so and reached into the carriage, punching him in the face.
Igoe was charged with actual bodily harm and Harding with racially aggravated disorderly behaviour and threatening behaviour, which they pleaded guilty to ahead of sentencing.
Investigating officer Det Con Richard Hague said: “This was a despicable attack on a member of rail staff who in an attempt to keep the peace and prevent the incident from escalating was left with severe injuries to his mouth which resulted in him requiring dental treatment.
“Harding’s vile racist slurs directed at two innocent young boys was shameful.
“Not to mention his aggressive intimidation of a young woman with a baby who refused to stand by while he spouted his racist abuse.”
John Edward Igoe, 35, boarded the train at Southport station