A drunken man launched a ‘shocking’ assault on a train driver who was trying to save his life.
Thomas Watton left his victim ‘traumatised’ after the violent assault at Chester Railway Station .
The brave driver had stopped the 21-year-old falling onto the tracks under a moving train.
Watton was given a suspended prison sentence and his actions should ‘act as a warning to other drinkers’.
British Transport Police detective chief inspector Steve May said; “This drunken attack on someone who was simply doing his job and attempting to protect his assailant is shocking.
“His victim has been left injured and traumatised by what happened that night, simply by attempting to prevent Watton from endangering his own life.”
Watton, of Chester Road in Flint, had already been escorted out of Chester station for his own safety before the attack on July 31.
He returned and repeatedly tried to board moving trains.
The driver stepped in front of him and potentially saved him from being pulled under the carriage.
Watton then punched his victim and fractured facial bones in seven places.
Despite his injuries the driver was able to restrain his attacker until police arrived.
DCI May said: “Watton’s actions demonstrate what the consequences of over indulging in alcohol could be, something we see all too often, and should act as a warning to other drinkers as the party season approaches.
“He now has a criminal record that will remain with him and remind him of the cost of a drunken night out.”
Watton was handed a year-long prison sentence suspended for 12 months at Liverpool Crown Court on November 24.
He was also stuck with a 7pm to 7am curfew until the end of February 2017.