Posted: Wed 7th Dec 2016

Suspended sentence for Flintshire man who fractured a train drivers face in seven places in ‘shocking’ attack

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Dec 7th, 2016

A 21-year-old man has been given a  suspended sentence for assaulting a train driver in a drunken attack,  following a British Transport Police investigation.

Thomas Watton, of Chester Road, Oakenholt, Flint, was given a 12 month sentence suspended for 12 months and a 7pm – 7am curfew until the end of February 2017 at Liverpool Crown Court last week. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The court heard how on Sunday, 31 July, this year, at Chester station, a drunk Watton assaulted the train driver, fracturing his face in seven places, after he tried to stop him from endangering his life, repeatedly attempting to board moving trains. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Watton had already been removed from the station for his own safety but later returned and in order to prevent him from falling under a moving train, his victim stood in front of him, only to be punched in the face by Watton. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Despite his injuries the driver managed to detain Watton until officers arrived and arrested him. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Detective chief inspector Steve May said;

“This drunken attack on someone who was simply doing his job and attempting to protect his assailant is shocking. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Watton’s actions demonstrate what the consequences of over indulging in alcohol could be, something we see all too often, and should act as a warning to other drinkers as the party season approaches. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Watton, at the age of just 21, now has a criminal record that will remain with him and remind him of the cost of a drunken night out. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Meanwhile his victim has been left injured and traumatised by what happened that night, simply by attempting to prevent Watton from endangering his own life.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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