Police called to public spat on Littleport railway station

EARL Gernon threw his girlfriend’s suitcase across the road as they had a row on Littleport railway station.

Three signal staff at the station had watched the couple’s public spat, and police were called to the platform.

“Staff had become aware of a couple shouting at each other, their mouths were moving and their arms were flailing,” Ely magistrates were told by Laura Mardell, prosecuting.

“The female looked upset; the male picked up a suitcase and threw it into a grass verge. She sat on a fence, and the male was walking up and down, shouting.

“He then retrieved the suitcase and threw it on the road; the argument continued; the male walked backwards and stumbled over the suitcase.”

Railway station staff checked on the woman, and she was still upset when a police officer arrived. Gernon admitted there had been an argument, and he had thrown the suitcase.

In court, 28-year-old Gernon, of Church Farm, Kenny Hill, admitted using threatening or abusive words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

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Gernon agreed he had been angry in the heat of the argument, and used insulting words with the intention of causing distress.

Mitigating, Michael Judkins said Gernon had started a new job a month before the incident on October 5; and the couple had argued about the amount of time he had devoted to the job.

“She had decided to pack her case and return to Manchester for a period of time,” he said. “They made up, and she did not go to Manchester.”

Gernon was fined �200 and the court ordered him to pay another �100 in costs and surcharge.