Sunderland Metro attacker was so drunk he forgot assaulting passengers – until he saw the CCTV

Seaburn Metro station, Station Road, Sunderland
Seaburn Metro station, Station Road, Sunderland
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A MAN involved in a punch-up on board a Metro train was so drunk that he could not remember any of the attack until he saw himself on CCTV.

Dean Mullen, 24, was tracked down to his home in Plains Farm by officers investigating a fight on a train approaching Sunderland at 9.45pm on July 30, city magistrates heard.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, told the court that two men were assaulted after stepping in to stop an attack on a female passenger.

Mullen, of Polmuir Road, was later arrested after a mobile phone was found at the scene containing a number of messages from someone named “Mull”, which officers then cross-checked against their intelligence system.

“Mr Mullen couldn’t recall the incident as he’d been drinking all day,” Mrs Beck said.

“He was asked why he was seen punching a male. He said he had no idea. Something must have happened.

“Mr Mullen identified himself as a person on the footage seen fighting at Seaburn on July 30.”

Mullen later admitted threatening behaviour contrary to Section 5 of the Public Order Act.

Peter Thubron, mitigating, said: “He doesn’t recall very much at all about it. As he said to police, something must have happened.

“He was seen on CCTV involved in something and that’s it. We can’t see what it was we don’t know how it started.

“We don’t know who started it. There were other people involved. They didn’t choose to make a complaint. Maybe they had something to do with it. It’s only guesswork.

“He admitted to being involved in some sort of punch-up, some sort of fight.”

Mullen was handed a 12-month conditional discharge and was told to pay £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.