Worker racially abused at Westgate Railway Station - court hears


A man subjected a railway worker to racial abuse after vaulting the ticket barriers, a court heard.

Daniel Wilsher, 27, insulted an Asian member of staff after making a dash for a waiting train at Westgate railway station.

Wakefield Magistrates’ Court heard how Wilsher jumped the automated ticket barriers to get to the waiting Fitzwilliam train.

Prosecutor Diane Gomersall told how a member of staff challenged him at 6.50pm on February 10 but was met with a volley of racial abuse.

He also subjected another worker to jibes about his weight and glasses.

Wilsher made further re-marks before leaving the station and was detained nearby.

Wilsher, of Common Road, Kinsley, admitted racially aggravated disorderly conduct, disorderly conduct and entering a railway concourse without a valid ticket.

Martyn Lord, mitigating, said : “This occasion he deeply regrets. It was the first time in 12 months he had any alcohol to drink.

“He had been out and clearly had more than was good for him.”

The court heard how Wilsher was trying to get back to Fitzwilliam. The train was on the platform but there was a queue at the ticket office.

The solicitor added: “He made the foolish decision to buy a ticket on the train. He was seen going over the ticket barrier and matters flowed from there.”

The court heard Wilsher had been to Westgate to apologise to his main victim.

Wilsher was sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid community work. He must also pay £300 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.