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Man sentenced for attack on train - Downham Market

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A man has been sentenced to ten months in prison, suspended for 12 months, after injuring a woman on a train with a crow bar.

Benjamin Jacobs, aged 23, of Park Lane, Downham Market, was found guilty of one count of affray, one count of possession of an offensive weapon and one count of criminal damage.

He was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on Monday 7 August to ten months, six months and one month for each offence, all suspended for 12 months, to be served concurrently.

He was also ordered to undertake 60 days of rehabilitation activity.

On 15 November last year, Jacobs was travelling on a train between Kings Lynn and Downham Market.

He walked past a man he knew who was also on the train. Jacobs then broke the glass in an emergency cabinet on the train and took a 6ft crow bar out of it. He then threatened the male passenger on the train with a crowbar and a struggle ensued.

A 22-year-old woman who was travelling with the man being attacked was struck on the back of the head.

Members of the public then stepped in and broke up the fight.

When the train arrived at Downham Market station, Jacobs ran away, taking the crow bar and his bike with him.

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment and was found to have concussion.

Investigating officer PC Craig Wolfers said: “The woman who was inadvertently caught up in the fight was not only left with concussion, she also suffered a serious setback in her mental health as a result of the incident. She has been left with an intense fear of train travel and with social anxiety.

“Jacobs deliberately damaged the train to access the offensive weapon before launching an attack on the 24-year-old man.

“Violence will not be tolerated on the railway network and Jacobs has now been dealt with by the courts.” 

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