Man ‘off the rails’ in train trouble

York Crown Court
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A FILEY man who claims to have suffered “a lot of racial abuse” since he moved to the town has been sentenced following a scuffle on a train platform.

However, York Crown Court heard that from time-to-time this abuse had allegedly caused Karl Laycock to fight back, with the result that he has fallen foul of the law himself.

Laycock, who has an Asian appearance, appeared before the court for sentencing on previously admitted charges of affray and causing damage, relating to an incident which started on a train from Scarborough to Filey and spilled out on to the platform.

Jayne Bryan, prosecuting, told how an unknown man, who was drinking from a bottle of Sambuca on the train, challenged Laycock, 31, of West Avenue, hitting out and pushing him on to a female passenger.

Laycock, who was seen to hold his hands out palm first and heard to say “I don’t want any trouble, I don’t want to fight” retired to another part of the carriage.

However, on arrival at Filey railway station, both men ended up on the platform and a fight developed, Laycock getting the better of the other man, but then, said Miss Bryan, going beyond what was lawful and kicking and stamping on his adversary while he lay on the ground.

A window of a taxi office, valued at £60, was smashed during the fight.

Following the incident the victim of Laycock’s attack got up and walked away.

Simon Revell, mitigating, said his client had already paid a high price for the incident, a work colleague having witnessed the events and reporting back to their employer who had then dismissed Laycock.

He added the day after Laycock had visited the taxi office, apologised for smashing the window with his fist and offered to pay for the damage.

Laycock himself told the court: “Since I moved from Bradford to Filey I have had a lot of racial abuse, year-in-year-out. This was one of four occasions when the police have been informed, but there have been more.

“People always want to fight me because of my skin colour. I want to run away most of the time, but sometimes I cannot.”

Recorder Mark Bury told Laycock: “I appreciate that it is hard in certain circumstances.”

Adding that at the time of the offences Laycock had already been subject to a suspended prison sentence, the recorder said: “You have to realise what situation you are now in. You cannot afford to allow racial abuse to get to you.”