A MAN spat at a train conductor and wrestled with him as they both fell on to the platform in Flint.
The victim had since taken an office- based job and received counselling, a court heard.
The attack had a considerable impact on Nathan Skerries and he no longer worked as a conductor, Flintshire Magistrates Court was told.
He was working in an office with the support of colleagues, had received counselling, his sleep had been disrupted and he kept on re-living the incident.
The victim had become suspicious of passengers on the trains.
Peter Mark Jones, 35, of Montrose Gardens, Wrexham, changed his plea and admitted an assault charge.
On September 26 Mr Skerries was the conductor on the 11.07am train from Chester along the North Wales coast when he noticed Jones get on and pick up a ticket off the platform in Shotton.
He thought that was suspicious and found Jones had a child’s ticket from Wrexham to Flint.
When told he could not use it, Jones claimed it was the ticket he had been given but paid an additional £2.95.
At Flint, Jones got off, swore and spat at the victim and a struggle ensued.
In court he admitted assault on the basis of a reckless spitting act and his solicitor, Mark Davies, said Jones was apologetic and wished to say sorry in person to the victim.
Sentence was adjourned.