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Suspended sentence for man who headbutted conductor – Manchester

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A 44 year old  man who headbutted a train conductor has been handed a suspended sentence and ordered to pay his victim £400 compensation, following a British Transport Police investigation.
Hassan Halloway, of Bennett Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, pleaded guilty to assault at Manchester and Salford Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, April 4, and was sentenced to 16 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months.
The court heard how on Friday, 6 January this year, Halloway’s victim was checking tickets for the 5.30am Trans Pennine Express service from Manchester Airport to Newcastle. He instantly recognised Halloway, who just three days earlier had been involved in a incident of fare evasion.
As he was asked for his ticket Halloway responded by head-butting the conductor, with the force of the impact causing him to fall backwards into the train.
The victim alerted other staff and British Transport Police were called.
After viewing station CCTV Halloway was identified as the offender.

Investigating officer PC Peter Greenhow said: “This was a completely unprovoked attack on a  member of rail staff who in was simply doing his job,. Nobody should be assaulted on the railway, least of all when they are at work. “Halloway’s vicious attack has caused his victim great distress and he now fears going to work.
“We take assaults of this kind extremely seriously and will do all we can to ensure the perpetrators are brought before the courts.”

Halloway was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15, £85 in costs and carry out 100 hours of unpaid work over 12 months .

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