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Tuesday, 4 September 2007

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A pretty STUDENT, who also works with disabled children, who was prosecuted for assaulting a train inspector on a train by whacking him in the goolies with her flip-flops walked free from court today with an absolute discharge.

Kathleen Jennings trial took place at Chester Magistrates today after an allegation that she indecently assaulted an enforcement officer with Merseyrail who challenged her for putting her feet on the seat.

During the hearing Irwin Bamforth, her solicitor, told the court: "The whole family has been involved, they have become very distressed. She is a young lady with no previous convictions who has cooperated fully. To be punishing a promising maths student, an she could end up with a criminal record is crazy - there's no other word for it."

Although she had admitted the charge, the absolute discharge for the photogenic cub scout leader and aspiring teacher, means no criminal offence will be recorded and she will suffer no penalty

After magistrates cleared her of any penalty, Kathleen said: "I am relieved. This has been a very difficult time for me and putting me through this has caused me great distress. I regretted what I did but I would not have minded an on-the-spot fine."

She was not ordered to pay costs. Her father, Tony Jennings, a former mechanical digger driver, said: "In my day you used to get a bang on the earhole and told 'Don't do it again'."

A spokesman for Merseyrail, the train operator, reiterated their a "zero tolerance" policy to passengers interfering with their staff in such a manner.

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