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Abusive train teen given prison sentence

Worcester Editorial 2nd Jul, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

AN ABUSIVE teenager who allegedly told a train conductor he would slit his throat at a city station has been given a ten week prison sentence.

Marc Bell, from Evesham, appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court via video-link last Friday (June 27) and pleaded guilty to assault by beating.

The 18-year-old, who is currently serving a 28-day sentence in HMP Glen Parva for a series of driving offences, committed the crime at Worcester Shrub Hill Station about 10.50pm on June 14.

Bell was seen throwing complimentary biscuits in the first class carriage of the train when it pulled up to the station before he drew the curtains.

Gurmel Gil, the conductor at the time, then saw him running through the carriage and into the toilet, where he ordered the defendant to come out, the court heard.

The door opened and Bell, who was under the influence of alcohol at the time, lunged at Mr Gil and pushed him in the top of the chest before he stepped off the train and got nose to nose with the victim, the court also heard.

Police were called to the incident but the teenager continued to be abusive and threatened Mr Gil when he said he would slit his throat if he saw him again, something Bell denied.

He is also on remand for a robbery offence which will appear at Worcester Crown Court.

Chris Aggrey, defending solicitor, said: “Although the incident may have been quite distressing for the person in question, the majority of it is the verbal and abusive language.

“If you look at it, it’s a push to the conductor as he just wanted to use the toilet and felt the conductor had followed him. He felt his privacy was being invaded and that put his back up, so to speak.

“He is extremely remorseful and said he must have looked a bit of a berk standing on the train platform arguing with him.

“He is past the stage now where he knows this type of behaviour must stop, and his current remand in prison has reminded him of that.”

District Judge Nigel Cadbury added: “There was the fear of injury in this case which was serious in the context of a common assault.

“Even though no actual injury was caused it was still a serious offence.”

Bell’s sentence started on Friday and will run concurrently with his existing term.

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