Doncaster magistrates convicted a man of sexual assault against a woman on a train from Newcastle to King’s Cross, while his nephew admitted racial abuse against a rail employee on the same train.
Jamie Davies, 38, and Jay Littlebury, 23, carried out the offences in March of this year.
Davies, of North Magdalene, Consett, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to sexual assault and being drunk and disorderly in a public place.
At his sentencing at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, Davies was given a community order of 180 hours and ordered to pay victim compensation of £400, a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £85. He was also made subject to a five-year notification requirement.
His nephew, Jay Littlebury, also of North Magdalene, Consett, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to racial harassment and being drunk and disorderly.
At a hearing at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court earlier this month, Littlebury was given a two-year conditional discharge for racially-aggravated harassment and being drunk and disorderly. He was ordered to pay victim compensation of £150, a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £85.
The court heard the pair were arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) officers at Doncaster station on Friday, March 28, following the incidents on the 12.25pm service from Newcastle.
Sergeant Stephanie Reynolds of BTP Doncaster, said: “The train manager spoke to Davies and Littlebury after being told they were behaving drunkenly. When she asked for their tickets, Littlebury verbally abused her by making racial comments.
“While this was happening, Davies made his way through the carriage and touched another woman inappropriately.
“When he returned to his seat he began arguing and fighting with Littlebury and had to be restrained by an off-duty special constable and another passenger”.
When the train reached Doncaster, the pair were arrested by BTP officers.
Following the sentencing, Sgt Reynolds added: “The behaviour of both men was completely unacceptable and left both victims and other passengers in the carriage scared and upset.
“I hope this sends out a clear message that BTP will investigate all reports of racial harassment, sexual assault and violence on the railway and deal with them rigorously.”