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A man who threatened to stab and kill a train conductor has been jailed following a British Transport Police investigation.
Abdi Mohammed, aged 26 of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 12 weeks in jail after pleading guilty to a public order offence via video link at Sefton Magistrate’s Court on 24 June.
The court heard how, on Tuesday, 15 June, Mohammed was travelling on a train from Liverpool to Newcastle when he was approached by the female conductor who was carrying out a routine ticket check.
Mohammed initially ignored the conductor before asking her how much a ticket to Newcastle would cost.
When she told him the price he began swearing at her before threatening to stab and kill her. She immediately backed away and ensured passengers’ safety by taking them into another carriage and locking the doors to separate them from Mohammed.
Investigating officer PC Richard King said:
“This was a terrifying experience for the victim who was simply going about her work duties and she remains traumatised by Mohammed’s threats.
“Her bravery in immediately looking after the safety of her passengers is testament to her character.
“No one should be threatened with violence while just doing their job. We take any abuse towards members of railway staff seriously and it will not be tolerated on the network under any circumstances.
“I would urge anyone who experiences or witnesses violent behaviour on the railway to text us on 61016. In an emergency, always call 999.”
TransPennine Express Customer Experience Director, Kathryn O’Brien said “This was a really terrible incident against a member of the team and I am pleased that this man is now being punished for their threatening and terrifying actions. We will not tolerate any abuse and will continue to work with the BTP to ensure that everyone onboard our trains and at our stations are protected and supported when they are travelling with us.”