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Man fined after assaulting TfL member of revenue staff – Knightsbridge, London

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A man who was travelling on a stolen travel card and then assaulted TfL revenue staff when he was challenged, has been fined and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work. 

Fation Burrninku of Cathnor Road, Hammersmith appeared at the City of London Magistrates’ Court on 21 August where he was found guilty of assault by beating. 

On 24 January, Burrninku was challenged by revenue colleagues at Knightsbridge station after he passed through the barriers in possession of a concessionary Oyster card in someone else’s name. It later transpired he had stolen this card. 

Ignoring staff requests, he then attempted to barge past staff. At one point, he barged into a member of staff so violently she fell to the floor where she forcibly struck her lower back. 

Officers were quickly on scene where he was arrested. At court the 25-year-old was ordered to pay £500 compensation to the victim and a pay a £710 fine.  

Sergeant Jonathan Beckett from British Transport Police, said: “We will not tolerate violence against members of rail staff and I am pleased that the victim in this cases has been awarded £500 compensation. Burrninku’s violent attitude towards revenue staff would have been very frightening and I hope they welcome his conviction.” 
 
Mandy McGregor, Head of Transport Policing at Transport for London, said: “I am pleased to see that Burrninku has been dealt with for his violent behaviour towards a member of our staff. We do not tolerate any violence or intimidation towards our staff and are working closely with the police to ensure those who do are identified and prosecuted for their actions. Our staff deserve to be treated with respect and to do their jobs without any fear of violence or aggression.”

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