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Solicitor fined for racist rant at mum and toddler

The abuse happened on a West Coast Mainline train. Credit: ITV Border

A solicitor has been fined for a racist rant at a mother and toddler, while on a train between London Euston and Glasgow.

Carlisle Magistrates Court heard that on 29 December 2016, Alexander MacKinnon, 47, of Mansionhouse Road, Glasgow, shouted at a four year old child in the first class carriage of the train, telling him to be quiet.

When the child’s mother asked him not to shout at her son MacKinnon, who had been drinking, replied with a barrage of racist abuse, demanding to "know where she came from", "why didn’t she go back there", and that she "shouldn’t be travelling in first class".

The woman began to cry and reported him to a member of train staff, and the train manager told MacKinnon he would be taken off the train at Carlisle station and held over to police.

The court heard that MacKinnon then continued his racist rant, all the way through to his police interview.

At court, he pleaded guilty to the Racially Aggravated Public Order offence and was fined £1,154.

He was also ordered to pay £50 compensation, a £150 victim surcharge and court costs of £85.00.

The victim was visibly distressed and shaken by MacKinnon’s frightening racist outburst. Thankfully the train manager stepped in before the abuse escalated.

People like MacKinnon must understand that abusive, racist behaviour like this has no place on the railway and will not be tolerated. Everyone has the right to travel in safety without fear of abuse like this, violence or intimidation.

When it does happen we will do everything in our power to bring them before the courts. Hopefully MacKinnon’s substantial fine will make him think twice before unleashing such vitriol on other members of the public.

– Investigating officer PC Mark Mellenthin, British Transport Police