A TEENAGER who assaulted two passengers on a Metro train, one a 17-year-old girl, is today behind bars.
Jake Lancaster, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault, as well as a public order offence, after carrying out the attack on Sunderland Metro trains last month.
Police officers have slammed the yob’s “violent behaviour” towards his victims.
Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard how Lancaster, of Friar Road, Ford Estate, was travelling on a train between Millfield and Pallion on Sunday, November 11, at about 4.40pm when he became involved in a row with a 17-year-old girl.
Lancaster spat in the girl’s face before kicking her in the head and pouring beer from a can he was holding.
A 45-year-old passenger tried to stop the attack but Lancaster punched him in the head, leaving the man with bruises to his face, eye and jaw.
Lancaster then attacked another man at St Peter’s Metro station a week later on Friday, November 23, leaving passengers waiting on the platform fearing for their own safety.
British Transport Police managed to identify Lancaster from CCTV images and he was arrested on Monday, December 10, and remanded in custody.
He was sentenced to six months in prison, three months each for the common assault offences, to run concurrently, and a further three months for the public order offence, which is to run consecutively.
Pc Dave Burns, the investigating officer in the case, said: “Lancaster carried out a string of attacks across the Metro network, but thanks to excellent onboard CCTV, officers were able to quickly identify him and a warrant was sent for his arrest.
“I hope this sentencing sends a strong message that violent behaviour will not be tolerated on the Metro network by police or the courts and officers will do all they can to bring those responsible to justice.”