Teen facing jail following train attack

A TEENAGE thug who behaved like a possessed animal in front of a train full of passengers is facing a jail term today.Experienced British Transport Police (BTP) sergeant Bob Munn said 18-year-old Johnathon Warne's vile behaviour as he shouted obscenities and attacked officers was the most abusive he had ever experienced.

A TEENAGE thug who behaved like a possessed animal in front of a train full of passengers is facing a jail term today.

Experienced British Transport Police (BTP) sergeant Bob Munn said 18-year-old Johnathon Warne's vile behaviour as he shouted obscenities and attacked officers was the most abusive he had ever experienced.

Warne, of Gippeswyk Road, Ipswich, horrified fellow passengers on a One Railway journey to Felixstowe when he started hurling abuse, kicking out and spitting at BTP officials.

The officers had arrived at Ipswich's Derby Road train station after being informed of Warne's rowdy behaviour at about 5pm on Tuesday, January 30.


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Naomi Turner, prosecuting, told South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court: "It was an extremely unpleasant incident.

"He was shouting, swearing and being abusive, trying to kick out the door."

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Warne then locked himself in a toilet and started screaming at BTP officers Sgt Bob Munn and Pc Sue Lissimore. He said "If you come out here you are dead. I've got a knife and I'll stab you."

He also shouted: "I'm going to kill you; my blade's going in your face."

Mrs Turner added: "He punched him (Sgt Munn) in his eye.

"He (Warne) struggled very violently, kicking and spitting all the time. He was shouting: 'I'm going to follow you home and stab you and all your family'."

During the tirade of disgusting insults Warne also threatened to rape school girls and told Pc Lissimore she was "a blonde slag".

At one point a man claiming to be a relative of Warne's arrived at the scene and told the officers to leave Warne alone because "no one hurts our family."

Warne, who had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs, was then taken to Ipswich Police Station and throughout the journey in a police van banged on the cage and continued to behave violently.

When he got to the station he spat at the Pc Paul Cockhedge who opened the van door, and a blanket needed to be brought to protect the officers from Warne.

Warne pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive language, possessing a lock knife and three counts of assaulting police officers when he appeared at court.

His solicitor, Claire Hullock, said: "He had on that day heard from his natural father who he hasn't seen for many years. He agreed to go and see him.

"He had a lot of drink and got some Dutch courage.

"He can't believe that he spoke in that way."

Warne will now be sentenced on February 27 after a pre-sentence report is prepared, but magistrates warned him that he may face a jail sentence.

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The officer's view

Sergeant Bob Munn who has 25 years of experience with the British Transport Police said Johnathon Warne's disgusting behaviour had shocked and upset even him.

He said: "In 25 years he's the most abusive and obnoxious person as an individual I've come across.

"He was like a possessed animal, shouting and swearing.

"People on the train were physically scared. It is way beyond what you'd consider normal abuse.

"I've been called some nasty things by some very nasty people but it was a public place with men and women going about their normal business.

"I was shocked by the ferocity and intensity. They were at a level you wouldn't normally come across even on a Friday night.

"It was upsetting. You are a human, it does upset you.

"It's more upsetting that decent people have to put up with it."

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