Vodka-guzzling mum spat on passenger who asked her to social distance on train

A drunk vodka-guzzling mum spat on a passenger after he asked her to move while on a train in June.

Leanne Williams, 31, had consumed three bottles of vodka to celebrate her partner’s birthday before boarding a train destined for Birkenhead Central.

Mum-of-six Williams sat down next to Christopher James, who had been working earlier in the day.

Christopher then asked Williams to move seat due to social distancing guidelines and she pretended to be pregnant before turning around and spitting on him.

Prosecuting, Alan Currums, told Liverpool Magistrates Court Mr James was on his way home and was left feeling shocked, dirty and unclean after the incident.

Mr Currums told the court Mr James had taken a photo of Williams and was able to alert police and Williams was later arrested, Liverpool Echo reports.

In a police interview, Williams told police she was "unable to recall what happened" but "wanted to apologise for her behaviour."

She pleaded guilty to the assault after being turned away from a previous court hearing she turned up drunk to.

Williams doesn't dispute any of the prosecution summary but claims she doesn't remember committing the act and admits she "can be aggressive in drink," a probation officer told the court.

The officer said Williams gave birth to her sixth child in May but "because of her history the child was taken off her and placed with family members."

Following the birth, Williams said she drank more than usual and "recognises she needs to address" her drinking.

She also "realised how disgusting" spitting on someone was, the officer said, and having cooperated with her last period of supervision is "someone who would benefit with probation intervention."

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Sarah Fergusson, defending, asked the judge to impose the probation service's recommendation and said she is a "young lady who's struggling with drink."

Ms Fergusson said: "Having known Miss Williams for quite some time I agree with the observations."

Despite requests to spare Williams jail, District Judge Hatton imposed an immediate prison term and Williams was ordered to serve 16 weeks behind bars.

Judge Hatton said: "He had done nothing at all wrong.

"It was unprovoked, unnecessary, it's a disgusting act at any time let alone in the midst of a pandemic such as we're experiencing."

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