A spitting pensioner, banned from entering two South Kensington stations after growling at commuters, has been jailed for 18 months after flouting his Asbo.

A spitting pensioner, banned from entering two South Kensington stations after growling at commuters, has been jailed for 18 months after flouting his Asbo.

David Ellis, 67, of Pelham Street, South Kensington, was sentenced at the Old Bailey last Wednesday after he entered Gloucester Road and South Kensington tube stations.

David Ellis, 67, of Pelham Street, South Kensington, was sentenced at the Old Bailey last Wednesday after he entered Gloucester Road and South Kensington tube stations.

This was in defiance of the terms of an Asbo order, made last February, which banned him from entering the two stations and from abusing, assaulting or threatening any person at any railway station or train in England and Wales for a period of five years.

This was in defiance of the terms of an Asbo order, made last February, which banned him from entering the two stations and from abusing, assaulting or threatening any person at any railway station or train in England and Wales for a period of five years.

The Asbo had been made after he was spotted growling at women and children, and pushing women out of his way at the two stations. He also spat at passengers, harassed them for money, smoked cigarettes and made hoax emergency phone calls using station payphones.

The Asbo had been made after he was spotted growling at women and children, and pushing women out of his way at the two stations. He also spat at passengers, harassed them for money, smoked cigarettes and made hoax emergency phone calls using station payphones.

At court, Ellis pleaded guilty to four breaches of his Asbo and two counts of common assault.

At court, Ellis pleaded guilty to four breaches of his Asbo and two counts of common assault.

He was arrested after threatening staff at South Kensington station on December 16. He was charged and, after failing to appear at court, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He was arrested after threatening staff at South Kensington station on December 16. He was charged and, after failing to appear at court, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Station staff reported seeing Ellis at South Kensington on January 3 and Gloucester Road on January 4. He was finally arrested by officers at Bank tube station on January 6 after spitting at two members of staff.

Station staff reported seeing Ellis at South Kensington on January 3 and Gloucester Road on January 4. He was finally arrested by officers at Bank tube station on January 6 after spitting at two members of staff.

PC Kelly Sellers said: "Ellis was in clear breach of his order and has now been jailed as a result, although his Asbo, due to expire in 2012, still stands.

PC Kelly Sellers said: "Ellis was in clear breach of his order and has now been jailed as a result, although his Asbo, due to expire in 2012, still stands.

"Passengers and staff who expressed concern about Ellis's behaviour will now be able to travel through and work on these stations without fear of further nuisance from him."
 

"Passengers and staff who expressed concern about Ellis's behaviour will now be able to travel through and work on these stations without fear of further nuisance from him."