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Dewsbury man who assaulted train cleaner fined

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A 31-year-old man who punched a train cleaner, knocking him to the ground, has been sentenced in court.
Nicky Matthewman of Park View, Thornhill, Dewsbury, pleaded guilty to assaulting the train cleaner during an incident at Leeds station on 4 June last year.
 
Matthewman had fallen asleep on the train from Grantham and missed his stop.
 
The train terminated at Leeds and Matthewman was woken by a member of train staff who asked him to leave the train.  When he became aggressive and confrontational the staff member alerted security.
 
As he was doing so a cleaner boarded the train and began to clean the carriage. Matthewman attacked the cleaner, punching him twice in the head. One of the punches knocked him to the ground where he lost consciousness for a short time.
Managing to get back on his feet, the victim left the train and walked along the platform to get help. As he did so Matthewman, who had left the train after the initial attack, returned and punched him again, causing him to collapse for a second time.
Officers were called and Matthewman was arrested. He was sentenced at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on 27 June and ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to the victim and £170 in courts costs and victim surcharges. He was also handed a community order for six months and will be electronically monitored between the hours of 7.30pm and 6.30am.

Leeds Neighbourhood Policing Team PC Rob Glassborow said: “This was a completely unprovoked attack on a member of rail staff who was simply doing his job. The victim suffered swelling and soreness to his head. Nobody should be assaulted on the railway, least of all when they are at work. 
“Matthewman’s vicious and violent attack left the victim extremely shaken, resulting in him having to take time off work to recover from the shock.
“We take assaults of this kind extremely seriously and will do all we can to ensure the perpetrators are brought before the courts.”

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