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Man fined for verbally abusing train staff - Edinburgh

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A man has been fined for verbally abusing train staff with sectarian language.

Kevin Bartley, aged 24, of Elidon Crescent, Melrose, pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court and was sentenced at the same court on 24 March to one count of Section 38 Criminal Justice and Licensing Act 2010 with sectarian aggravator.

The incident happened on 13 August 2016, in Edinburgh.

Bartley behaved in a threatening and abusive manner towards train staff, also using sectarian language.

He threatened two ticket inspectors on separate occasions whilst travelling on the Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley service.

Bartley was given a £180 fine for his behaviour.

Investigating officer PC Richard Wheater said: “This investigation was difficult because there was no corroboration for the offences but as there was a pattern of behaviour and the officers could identify the suspect, we decided to apply the Moorov principle.

“It was satisfying to complete an investigation which would normally be expected to fail because of lack of corroboration. No one should expect to be treated in the way the victims were and so we were very pleased with the final result.”  

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