A Walsall man who verbally abused a train manager, just hours after being released from prison, has been jailed for 18 weeks, following an investigation by British Transport Police.
Mark Anthony Williams, aged 42, pleaded guilty at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court to causing the train manager harassment, alarm or distress during a journey between Liverpool and Wolverhampton.
Williams also admitted breaching an anti-social behaviour order (asbo) by committing the offence on the train.
The train manager on board a Liverpool to Birmingham New Street service on September 21 was checking tickets in the first class section of the train when he encountered Williams who was in possession of a standard class ticket.
He asked Williams to either pay to upgrade his ticket or move to the standard class section of the train but was met with a stream of abuse.
After shouting and swearing at the manager, Williams eventually moved to standard class, where he was later found to be smoking a cigarette and drinking alcohol.
The train manager told Williams smoking was not allowed anywhere on the rail network but, again, Williams hurled abuse and swore repeatedly at him.
British Transport Police were called and officers met the train when it arrived at Wolverhampton.
Enquiries revealed that Williams had been released from Walton prison in Liverpool earlier the same day. He had been detained at Walton Prison for a number of offences including assault, wounding and criminal damage.
Officers also discovered he had breached a three-year asbo which was issued by Walsall magistrates in July 2008.
The terms of Williams’ asbo included:
*Acting in, or encouraging others to act in, an anti-social manner that is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
*Being drunk in any public place or possessing any open alcoholic beverage in any public place.
*Using threatening, abusive, insulting or intimidating language or behaviour towards any person.
Williams was arrested for the public order offence committed on board the train and for being in breach of the terms of his asbo.
Sgt Chris Casey, officer in charge at BTP Wolverhampton, said: “British Transport Police will not tolerate anti-social behaviour.
“Most rail journeys are uneventful but when incidents like this happen, BTP takes robust action to put the offenders before the courts.
"The sentence imposed on Mark Williams shows that the courts firmly support our stance on this issue.”