Commuter 'punches staff member in face' following row at Woolwich Arsenal station (From This Is Local London)
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Commuter Masud Rashid 'punches staff member twice in face' following row at Woolwich Arsenal station
A COMMUTER who punched a customer service officer in the face at Woolwich Arsenal DLR station has narrowly avoided being locked up.
Twenty-seven-year-old Masud Rashid aggressively told the staff member “get out of my way, I’ve got somewhere important to be” before punching him twice in the face at 2.45pm on March 1.
The row was sparked by Rashid, who came to the attention of the officer when he passed through the ticket barriers after another customer.
After the punches had been thrown, the 49-year-old victim tried to call his colleagues for help but Rashid snatched his radio out of his hand and threw it back into the station.
Rashid, who lives in Nelson Walk, Bromley-by-Bow, was then overheard saying he was on his way to prison before jumping into a nearby taxi and fleeing the station.
He was arrested four days later at his home address and denied charges of assault and fare evasion, even though CCTV footage showed him at the station.
Following a trial at City of London Magistrates Court, he was found guilty of both offences and handed a four month suspended prison sentence on Wednesday.
He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work, pay the officer £1,500 in compensation as well as court costs of £620.
Speaking after the sentencing, British Transport Police Detective Constable Steve Ajayi said: “This was an unprovoked assault on a member of staff who was simply doing his job.
“The victim was left feeling traumatised by the incident and was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury to his face as a result of Rashid’s actions.
“DLR and Tube staff should not have to endure abuse or violence for carrying out their job and we will arrest and prosecute anyone who thinks this type of behaviour is acceptable.”
He added: “We actively encourage staff to report instances of physical and verbal aggression directed towards them as soon as possible.
“By reporting incidents immediately, it helps us to gather the best available evidence to catch these suspects, and allows us to identify where we need to provide preventative resources at the earliest possible opportunity.”
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