Drunk man urinated on train floor and 'thrusted' at woman

Train passenger, 35, who urinated on the floor, ‘thrusted’ at a woman and spat on other travellers must pay £50 damages to boy, 15, who challenged him

  • Alex Laidlaw was drunk on train from The Wirral to Chester in September 2021
  • Laidlaw, 35, coughed and spat on a man and then ‘thrust’ against a woman
  • James Smith, 15, confronted him but Laidlaw pushed him and hit his arm
  • Laidlaw admitted assault and outraging public decency by thrusting himself at an unnamed woman and was ordered to pay James £50 in compensation 

A drunk rail passenger has been reprimanded by a judge after publicly urinating on the train floor and ‘thrusting’ himself at a woman.

Alex Laidlaw, 35, has now been ordered to pay £50 damages to the 15-year old boy who challenged him on the train to from The Wirral to Chester.

He was seen to cough and spit over other passengers before relieving himself against a set of carriage doors.

The teenager named in court as James Smith intervened and told Laidlaw to stop, but he pushed him in the chest and hit his arm.

Laidlow then vomited on the floor of the carriage before being arrested by police as the 8.10pm Merseyrail train pulled into Chester railway station on September 24 last year.

At Chester magistrates court, Laidlaw, of Birkenhead admitted assault and outraging public decency by thrusting himself at an unnamed woman and was ordered to pay James £50 in compensation. 

Drunk Alex Laidlaw (pictured), 35, urinated on the floor of a train and ‘thrust’ himself at a woman has been ordered to pay £50 damages to James Smith, the 15-year old boy who challenged him on the train to from The Wirral to Chester

At Chester magistrates court, Laidlaw, of Birkenhead admitted assault and outraging public decency by thrusting himself at an unnamed woman

Prosecutor Alan Currums said the incident began when Laidlaw was aboard a train for the 16 minute journey between Eastham Rake on The Wirral, to Chester.

The youth witnessed the defendant coughing and spitting on another male before approaching two females who moved away from him.

Laidlaw was said to be ‘intoxicated and causing problems for people on the train’, Mr Currums said, and so the youngster intervened and challenged the defendant. But Laidlaw then pushed the 15-year-old in the chest and hit his arm, causing no injury.

James tried to persuade Laidlaw to sit down, which he did – however, he started to be sick and then got his penis out of his trousers and urinated against the carriage doors.

As the train pulled into the Chester railway station, staff and security were alerted and Laidlaw was subsequently arrested.

Mr Currums added: ‘The defendant appeared to be extremely intoxicated. It was the victim who has challenged him to protect others which causes the angry response against him. He was trying to protect others from the defendant’s behaviour.’

Laidlow then vomited on the floor of the carriage before being arrested by police as the 8.10pm Merseyrail train pulled into Chester railway station (pictured)

Laidlaw also admitted assaulting his mother Leta Laidlaw in an unrelated incident, as well causing criminal damage to a door handle, and obstructing two police officers in the execution of their duty.

With regard to the assault on his mother on March 14, the prosecutor said Mrs Laidlaw was seeking a short restraining order to ‘allow the dust to settle’. ‘She feels that he needs help with his mental health issues,’ Mr Currum said. 

He was also fined £200 with £530 in costs and victim surcharge and was ordered to participate with 30 days of rehabilitation activity with the probation service, Laidlaw will also have to complete a six-month alcohol treatment programme, as part of a 24-month community order.

Laidlaw also admitted assaulting his mother Leta Laidlaw in an unrelated incident on March 14

His lawyer Catherine Higham said: ‘Quite clearly he requires assistance. He has struggled with his mental health for some time. He wants to make amends.’

Sentencing Deputy District Judge James Hulse told Laidlaw. ‘I’ve read the full facts and probation report. Credit to you for turning up for the probation interview, though dishevelled, and giving them the information that they required.

‘It has been discussed with you by the probation service how these are serious matters. However, I do not feel that a custodial sentence is appropriate but the offences have passed the community threshold.’

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