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Prison for violent man who tormented passengers on London bound train



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A violent man who tormented passengers on board a Kent train has this week been handed a prison sentence. 

Mark Paul Abraham, aged 26, of Cliff Drive, Kent appeared before Blackfriars Crown Court on Monday 21 August for sentencing after he pleaded guilty at a previous hearing. 

He was sentenced to  20 months in prison and ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge. 

The incident happened on board a Southeastern service travelling between Gillingham and London Victoria on Wednesday 2 November 2016. At approximately 8.30pm the emergency cord was pulled on the train, automatically applying the brakes. The train was approaching Catford station. 

The guard went to investigate and spotted Abraham; he was at the door to the driver’s cab kicking and swearing. As the guard approached Abraham, he saw that he had smashed a bottle of vodka on the floor and held in his hand a piece of glass. 

Abraham then approached the guard, threatening him with the glass and pushing him. The guard received a cut to his hand. At this point, police had been called by the train driver. 

In the meantime, Abraham sat opposite a passenger. Thinking the passenger was laughing at him, Abraham then launched at him, shaking him violently and threatening to kill him. He then slapped the passenger. 

Abraham then turned to a female passenger who he thought was laughing at him. He took off his shoe and threw it, narrowly missing her. 

He then shouted at the train guard to open the doors to the train, which he was unable to do. The man then pushed the guard against the door and then threw punches at him. 

The violence continued until police units arrived. Specially trained BTP officers equipped with TASER devices and assisted by a police dog  detained the man.. He was red-dotted during the detention. 
He was later charged with one count of affray, four counts of assault by beating and one count of obstruct an engine using railway by unlawful act. He was sentenced 20 months for the affray charge, four months for each assault charge to be served concurrent and two months for the obstruction charge to be served concurrent. 

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Ross McAlpine, said: “In his drunken state, Abraham subjected passengers to a terrifying ordeal. He went from carriage to carriage, attacking and threatening innocent people. 

“Fortunately, our officers were able to quickly board the train and were able to detain him. We will never tolerate violence and will work hard to ensure that suspects are quickly detained and brought before the courts. 

“I would like to thank and applaud the bravery of the train guard and passengers on the train that evening. Knowing full well how dangerously Abraham was acting, they challenged his behaviour and may have prevented the incident from becoming more serious. “

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