AN ex Virgin air stewardess who was caught fare dodging, tried to punch a cop in a violent drunken rampage in front of her three young children.
Hannah Dyer, 35, had not paid for her trip back home on a late night passenger train and when she was caught out, accused the conductor of being ”racist” and repeatedly branded him a ”f***ing c***”.
The mother-of-three was drunk from a ”buy one get one free” cocktail promotion that afternoon when she and her ex-boyfriend and the pair’s three children – aged four, three and eight months – boarded the train travelling from Leeds to Manchester.
The group was approached by officers at Piccadilly railway station in Manchester when Ms Dyer began fighting, lashing out at one officer and trying to punch another in the face whilst demanding to leave the platform.
Staff were forced to pull her back from manhandling the conductor and spared her arrest in front of her children.
Ms Dyer of Horwich, near Bolton, admitted to a charge of travel beyond the distance paid for on railway on the date of the incident on April 29, common assault and threatening behaviour at Manchester magistrates court.
However, she was conditionally discharged for 18 months after she said she had been on medication at the time.
The cost of an off-peak return ticket would have been £14 but it is believed only £7.60 was paid for each ticket.
Prosecuting Richard Greenhough told the court: “She only had a West Yorkshire day return which wasn’t valid all the way to Manchester.
“When she arrived at Piccadilly the ticket would be incorrect. There were two conductors on the train who told the defendant about her ticket not being valid to which she replied “you’re a c***” on a number of occasions adding: ‘You’re all the same you’re a f***ing c*** you’re a racist.’
“Ticket conductors tried to calm her down but they were unable to and at one stage she leaned towards one of them and he thought she was trying to grab him but her partner pulled her back.
“They described her behaviour as highly aggressive and said she could’ve been intoxicated as she seemed possessed.
When arriving in Piccadilly, Manchester, he added: ”One officer put an arm out but she lashed out trying to punch him in the face which he blocked with his arm.
“The other officer then tried to calm the defendant down but she lashed out at him too trying to punch him in the face which was again blocked by the officer’s arm.”
A probation report read during the hearing described Ms Dyer as being “very remorseful” and having had “very little recollection of the incident”.
The report added: ”She used to work as an air hostess for Virgin Airlines and therefore has experience working in a customer service based job and has seen the other side.
“She appreciates her behaviour was totally unacceptable … She is ashamed of what she has done.”
Defence lawyer Mr Mumtaz Chaudry said: “She suffers from post natal depression following the birth of her youngest child. She is a single mother of three children who are four, three and eight months.
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“She recently changed her medication for depression and anxiety. She met a friend whilst out that day and had alcohol and the medication mixed with alcohol made things worse.
“She doesn’t know why she behaved that way but fully accepts responsibility. It was out of character for her. She is genuinely sorry. She gives no excuse.”
Ms Dyer was also ordered to pay the two police officers £50 each in compensation plus £105 in costs and surcharges.
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