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Rickmansworth man found guilty of racially aggravated harassment on Metropolitan line
A 29-year-old man has been ordered to pay more than £3,000 in fines and costs after being found guilty of racially aggravated harassment.
Jonathan O’Shea, of High Street, Rickmansworth, appeared at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court last week.
He was given a £2,000 fine and was ordered to pay £500 compensation, £650 costs and a £15 victim surcharge following the incident which happened while he was travelling on the Metropolitan line through Brent and Harrow.
On July 11, 2012, O’Shea was travelling on the Metropolitan line from Baker Street to Eastcote.
The court heard that the victim, a 32-year-old woman from Peckham, also boarded the train at Baker Street and during the journey she heard O’Shea making racist remarks to three women.
The group of women got off the train and O’Shea continued to make racist comments directed towards the victim, before leaving the train at Eastcote station.
O’Shea, an accounts manager, denied the charge but was found guilty on January 30.
Speaking after the sentencing, PC Andy Burns, the investigating officer, said: “This was an intimidating experience that left the victim feeling shocked, humiliated and very upset.
“During the journey the victim managed to take a picture of O’Shea on her mobile phone, which we used to identify him on CCTV and track him through the network.
“We take reports of racial abuse extremely seriously and the £2,000 fine shows just how seriously the courts take this sort of behaviour too.
“Anyone who has been a victim of this type of crime should report it to police or tube staff immediately so that it can be investigated.
“We will do everything we can to identify and arrest offenders.”