A “chaotic” thug tried to fight London Underground staff and spat at them after barging his way through ticket barriers.
Richard Macken, 27, also put a middle finger up at staff while shouting violent threats at Embankment station on March 7 earlier this year.
He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on August 12 to be sentenced after pleading guilty to common assault.
The court heard that Macken arrived at the station at around 5pm and shoved through the ticket barriers. He then attempted to fight and shouted threats at staff.
He then spat twice, missing both times, before spitting at a control room window and lobbing tube maps around the station. He left shortly afterwards.
Staff used specialist kit to collect Macken’s spit from the window, which was subsequently analyses and led to him being identified by police.
The 27-year-old, of no fixed address, was sentenced to eight weeks in prison.
PC Steve Russell of the London Underground Staff Assaults team, said: “Macken’s behaviour was intimidating and chaotic, he tried hard to spit at staff in the middle of a pandemic, threatened them and caused a mess in the station.
“They were just trying to do their jobs in what was and still is a difficult time.
“Thankfully, their quick thinking ensured they used a spit kit to collect key evidence which helped identify Macken. These kits are excellent in tracking offenders who try wielding their spit as a weapon to create fear and concern.”
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