Yob jailed for at­tacks dur­ing train jour­ney

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @jamie_lopez1

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

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