Mum downed vodka and spat on train passenger who asked her to socially distance

Mum downed vodka and spat on train passenger who asked her to socially distance

 

A drunk mum spat on an innocent train passenger when he asked her to move because of social distancing guidance.

Leanne Williams, 31, claimed to be pregnant when the victim asked her to move away on the Merseyrail train on June 21.

The mum-of-six had downed three bottles of vodka to celebrate her partner’s birthday before boarding, the Liverpool Echo reports.

When another passenger asked Williams to move at around 8pm, she said “I can’t believe I have to move, I’m pregnant”, before turning and spitting on Christopher James’ work shirt.

Alan Currums, prosecuting, told Liverpool Magistrates’ Court that Mr James was on his way home and was left “shocked” and “felt dirty” and “unclean” after the incident.

Mr Currums explained Williams then left the train at Birkenhead Central.

But Mr James had taken a photo of Williams and was able to alert police.

She was arrested and in her police interview Williams was “unable to recall what happened” but “wanted to apologise for her behaviour”.

Williams pleaded guilty to the assault after being turned away from a previous court hearing when she turned up drunk.

The court heard she has convictions dating back to 2008 including a racially aggravated offence.

A probation officer told the court that Williams doesn’t dispute any of the prosecution summary but claims she doesn’t remember committing the act and admits she “can be aggressive in drink”.

The court heard Wiliams gave birth to her sixth child in May but “because of her history the child was taken off her and placed with family members”.

Following the birth, Williams said she drank more than usual and she “recognises she needs to address” her drinking.

The probation officer said Williams also “realised how disgusting it was” and having cooperated with her last period of supervision is “someone who would benefit with probation intervention”.

The officer suggested Williams would benefit from a six-month alcohol treatment programme with Rehabilitation Activity Requirements.

Sarah Fergusson, defending, asked the judge to impose the probation service’s recommendation and said she is a “young lady who’s struggling with drink”.

Ms Fergusson said: “Having known Miss Williams for quite some time I agree with the observations”.

Despite requests to spare Williams jail, District Judge Hatton imposed an immediate prison term.

The judge said: “He had done nothing at all wrong.

“It was unprovoked, unnecessary, it’s a disgusting act at any time let alone in the midst of a pandemic such as we’re experiencing.”

Judge Hatton said he did not believe Williams was in a position to comply with community orders.

Williams was ordered to serve 16 weeks in prison.

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