Hornsey woman, 23, handed 18 week jail sentence following racist attack

Katherine Robinson. Picture: British Transport Police

Katherine Robinson. Picture: British Transport Police - Credit: British Transport Police

A 23-year-old woman has been sentenced after attacking a railway worker with some of the “worst racial abuse” he had ever heard.

Katherine Robinson – of Queens Avenue, Hornsey – was at London Liverpool Street on January 12 without a ticket.

When approached by a member of staff, she launched a torrent of abuse, calling him names, threatening his family and shouting at him even as police arrived.

She then attacked him, hitting him in the chest with her head. She was arrested at the scene and convicted of a racially aggravated public order offence and a public order offence aggravated by homophobic abuse.

She was sentenced to 18 weeks’ in jail, though the term was suspended for 12 months, at Bromley Magistrates’ Court.

A criminal behaviour order now stops her travelling without a ticket, giving false details to staff and loitering in any station or train.

Nicola Grayson from the BTP said: “The behaviour displayed by Robinson and the disregard of police and judiciary intervention shows she poses a significant risk of re-offending and causing further harassment or distress to the public and staff on the railway network.

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“The criminal behaviour order will hopefully assist in reducing her offending and by doing so, protect the public and staff on the railway network from further anti-social behaviour,” she added.