04:10PM, Tuesday 24 May 2016
A rail commuter from Slough used ‘fruity language’ that would ‘amaze the Dowager Countess of Grantham from Downton Abbey’, a court has heard.
Rajveer Sandhu, of St Paul’s Avenue, Slough, has pleaded not guilty to one count of racially or religiously aggravated common assault and one count of assault by beating.
The 25-year-old is accused of slapping Brandon Thompson, who was working for security company G4S at the time. She is also accused of calling him a ‘dirty black b******’ and a ‘monkey’ when he asked her to show her train ticket on a bridge between two platforms at Slough Railway Station on February 17, 2015.
Speaking to the jury at Reading Crown Court today (Tuesday), her lawyer, Jonah Walker-Smith, said: “She (Sandhu) used fruity language that would amaze the Dowager Countess of Grantham from Downton Abbey but women are rightly entitled to use the same language as men in the modern day.
“Like King Lear, my client has been sinned against rather than being the one who has done the sinning.
“No way is that young woman a racist.”
Mr Thompson was at the station in Brunel Way during the evening rush hour to assist Great Western Railway staff with their ‘ticket block’, where commuters are asked to show a valid ticket.
During her evidence, Sandhu told the jury she was a valid season ticket holder but felt ‘scared’ and ‘cornered’ when she was approached by Mr Thompson, a number of other inspectors and G4S staff.
She said: “I wanted to go to the barrier to show my ticket as I thought it would be a bit safer because I didn’t feel very safe but they refused.
“He [Mr Thompson] said ‘are you going to cry big baby’ and that’s when it hit me that I was not safe anymore, he was getting aggressive and I was in danger.”
Sandhu also claimed that Thompson had hurled abuse at her when she managed to get away.
She said: “I remember hearing him say ‘you’re a f****** sl*t, you’re a f****** sl*t’. He doesn’t know me so I reacted, I am not proud of it but I said ‘You are never going to f*** me.”
The trial continues.
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