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Man sentenced for assaulting member of rail staff - London

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A man who threatened a member of rail staff before grabbing her wrist has been sentenced.

Kai Valmont-Budram, aged 20, from Churchill Road in London, was ordered to pay a total of £620, including £50 compensation to the victim – and was given a two year conditional discharge – at Hendon Magistrates’ Court on 18 July.

On Wednesday 3 January, Hendon tried to get through a barrier at Warren Street Underground Station with an expired Oyster card. When stopped by a member of rail staff, he became threatening towards her and grabbed her wrist, refusing to let go.

The incident ended when another member of rail staff came over and intervened.

Investigating officer PC Miguel Orjales said: “This incident had a significant impact on the victim, leaving her scared, inconsolable and in pain. After the incident she started to suffer with insomnia and had to take time off from work.”

Steve Burton, Director of Compliance, Policing and On-Street Services at TfL, said: “Everyone has the right to go about their day without fear or intimidation and we do not tolerate any form of physical or verbal assault on our staff.

"Latest estimates show that fare evasion on London Underground costs TfL £34.1m a year.

"We take fare evasion of any kind extremely seriously and we have reduced fare evasion on our rail and bus networks to around two per cent of all journeys, which is low compared to other transport authorities around the world. We will continue to work with the police to tackle this type of crime.”

 

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