Man lashed out at railway worker after friend’s collapse

A DRUNK man subjected a member of staff at Hastings train station to a tirade of verbal abuse before attacking him.

John Crowe, 60, of Terrace Road, St Leonards, lost his temper after his friend collapsed and lost consciousness while standing on the platform.

Daniel Parfitt, a railway shunter, was told about Crowe’s friend collapsing by a member of the public and went to see if he could help.

At a court hearing on Monday, Mark Kateley, prosecuting, said: “The defendant turned his anger on Mr Parfitt, saying it was his fault. He became very aggressive and Mr Parfitt tried to calm him down. He was pushed twice in the chest then hit in the back. The defendant was very abusive towards his victim. After he was arrested, he told police he over-reacted, saying he had drunk two-and-a-half bottles of strong wine.”

Crowe pleaded guilty to causing racially aggravated harassment and distress through his bad language, and assault by beating when he appeared in the dock on Monday. The attack happened on June 26.

Mark Glendenning, defending, said: “The defendant and his friend had spent the afternoon drinking and he went to take him back to the station. There was some equipment lying about and his friend tripped over it and fell.

“The defendant was trying to assist his friend and says the staff were getting in his way. The victim suffered no injury at all. The defendant was simply upset, drunk and not thinking straight.”

Magistrates fined Crowe £120 and ordered £85 costs.