An abusive man who launched a volley of abuse at a man working at the ticket barriers at Paddington station has been jailed.
Gullraz Butt was given an eight-week sentence and told to pay a victim surcharge after he abused the member of staff on Sunday (November 27).
The 31-year-old, of no fixed abode, had left a Bakerloo line train at around 8.45am when he attempted to force his way through the closed barriers.
After this failed he began abusing the 41-year-old member of staff before crawling under the barriers and walking towards him and threatening him.
He then walked away only to return to the victim twice shouting abuse.
British Transport Police (BTP) was called and located Butt in a Sainsbury’s shop at Paddington station where he was arrested.
He was charged and remanded the same day under Section 4 of the Public Order Act, before he was sentenced and told to pay a £115 victim surcharge when pleading guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday (November 28).
PC Noel Delpuech-Deasy, from BTP’s Workplace Violence Unit, said: “This sentence demonstrates that we will take firm action against those individuals who threaten or abuse staff.
“Butt’s behaviour was inexcusable.
"Despite already abusing his victim once, he returned a second and third time causing him to fear for his safety.
"No one should ever be subjected to this degree of abuse and I am pleased that he is behind bars.”
Siwan Hayward, head of Transport Policing at Transport for London (TfL) , said: “The sentence handed down to Butt reflects the seriousness of his actions and that we do not tolerate, in any way, abuse against our staff.”
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