Dad who punched Virgin Trains worker while holding his daughter, 3, avoids jail

A 'panicked' father who punched a Virgin Trains worker in the face after he was asked to show his ticket has dodged jail.

Passenger Darren Corr claimed his wife had the tickets before lifting his three-year-old daughter over the barrier and punching the staff member in the face 'with a clenched fist'.

A court heard the unprovoked attack, which took place at 11am on July 19 at Manchester Piccadilly station, was caught on CCTV, reported Manchester Evening News .

Following a British Transport Police appeal, Corr, 37, of Cheadle Hulme, was arrested.

Alan Bakker, prosecuting, said it had left the guard ‘dazed’ and suffering from swelling and bruising to her cheekbone and said she had taken long periods off work since.

Paul Green, defending, told the court, Corr has difficulty ‘managing his emotions’ and was thought to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after being the victim of a knife attack.

Mr Green said when the service arrived at Piccadilly, Corr was ‘panicking and in a heightened state of anxiety’ because his wife, who was late and had missed the train, had the tickets.

“He accepts full responsibility for the assault,” added Mr Green.

“He knows people working on the frontline do not deserve to be treated like that.”

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