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Teenage girl sentenced for GBH - Southwark

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A teenage girl has been sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment after punching a member of rail staff so hard that he nearly lost his eye.

Tashanna Mauge, aged 18, of St Julian’s Farm Road, London, pleaded guilty to GBH at Blackfriars Crown Court and was sentenced at the same court on 13 November.

On 15 April this year, Mauge was at Denmark Hill railway station with a friend and attempted to exit the station using a ticket which was not valid.

A member of rail staff, a 34-year-old man, stopped her to speak to her about the ticket but Mauge became abusive while her friend went through the ticket barrier behind another passenger.

She then confronted the staff member, verbally abused him and punched him in the face.

The victim managed to detain the offender at the station until BTP officers arrived and arrested her.

The victim was taken to hospital and had emergency surgery to save his eye. It is still not known whether he will ever regain full vision.

Det Chief Insp Darren Malpas said: “Mauge, who was just 17 at the time of the offence, has left the victim with life-long injuries. He was simply doing his job by speaking to her about her invalid train ticket. There was absolutely no need for the situation to escalate to this level of violence and for Mague to react by lashing out in such an aggressive way. She has now been sentenced to a year’s imprisonment, impacting greatly on her life and her future, and the victim has been left with a serious injury.”

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