Man jailed for ticket in­spec­tor at­tack

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A THUG has been jailed af­ter launch­ing a bru­tal at­tack on a train rev­enue of­fi­cer be­cause he fined him for trav­el­ling with­out a ticket.

Ste­fan Phillip bat­tered his vic­tim at Birm­ing­ham’s Snow Hill Sta­tion, leav­ing him with bro­ken ribs and a 5cm hole in his skull.

Birm­ing­ham Crown Court was told Phillip was an­gry when ticket rev­enue of­fi­cer Mo­hammed Sid­dique fined him £20 af­ter dis­cov­er­ing he hadn’t bought a ticket on Fe­bru­ary 21 this year.

Five days later, the 29-year-old saw Mr Sid­dique walk­ing in the con­course of Snow Hill Sta­tion as he was fin­ish­ing his shift.

Phillip ran at him from be­hind and shoved him with force into an ad­ver­tis­ing bill­board, caus­ing his skull to be ex­posed with a 5cm gash and crack­ing two of his ribs.

Phillip, of Nav­i­ga­tion Street in the city cen­tre, ap­peared at Birm­ing­ham Crown where he pleaded guilty to griev­ous bod­ily harm and was jailed for 20 months.

CCTV was played show­ing mo­ment Phillip at­tacked. the

Philip Brunt, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “The at­tack has had a huge ef­fect on Mr Sid­dique’s life. He says he loved his job be­fore the at­tack, but has now been left scared to go back to work.

“He has young chil­dren and says his six-year-old was scared to go near him af­ter the at­tack due to his in­juries, in­clud­ing black eyes. He has been suf­fer­ing from post trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

Mr Gur­deep Gar­cha, de­fend­ing, said Phillip was a bud­ding en­tre­pre­neur who had re­cently started a jew­ellery busi­ness in the Jew­ellery Quar­ter.

He said: “Mr Phillip wants to pub­licly apol­o­gise to Mr Sid­dique for his be­hav­iour. He is truly sorry for what has hap­pened. Since the in­ci­dent, the ar­ro­gant be­hav­iour of Mr Phillips has changed. He has grown up. This has greatly af­fected his fam­ily and his girl­friend.

“He is an en­tre­pre­neur and has re­cently set up a busi­ness in the Jew­ellery Quar­ter. If he is handed a cus­to­dial sen­tence, it will have a big im­pact on his liveli­hood.”

Recorder Ge­of­frey Kelly told Phillip: “Be­fore this in­ci­dent you es­sen­tially had a good char­ac­ter, but this was a very se­ri­ous at­tack on a man who was de­fence­less.

“His in­juries have had a great im­pact on his life both phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal.

“He was a man who was sim­ply car­ry­ing out his job and shouldn’t be ex­posed to this kind of vi­o­lence. It is so se­ri­ous that only a cus­to­dial sen­tence is ap­pro­pri­ate.”

> Ste­fan Phillip seen at Snow Hill

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