Homeless man jailed for throwing bike onto tracks at Biggleswade railway station while dressed in black mask and cage fighting gloves
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A man who threw a bike onto the track from a platform at Biggleswade railway station while dressed in a black mask and cage fighting gloves has been jailed for a year today.
Lee Goddard – who was homeless at the time – pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to obstructing the railway, possessing an offensive weapon and threatening behaviour.
In the incident – which took place in December last year – staff and passengers had already locked themselves in a waiting room as the intoxicated 35-year-old roamed the platform muttering about God and sacrifices.
Staff also tried to alert the fast approaching trains about the obstruction on the line, but there was insufficient time.
“They both hit the bike causing debris to be scattered everywhere. Some people felt they were struck by particles,” said prosecutor Kevin West.
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But Judge Lynn Tayton QC said fortunately the trains were not derailed and nobody was injured.
His appearance and ranting was causing concern among staff and passengers. But then Goddard – who comes from Doncaster – left the London-bound platform and returned with a BMX bike that he threw on the tracks.
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Police arrived to arrest him but he continued to be aggressive. They found he was carrying a metal multi-tool hammer, which he said he carried because people were after him.
Peter Jackson, defending said: “This case is pretty bizarre, but while throwing a bike on the line was obviously a serious thing to do it was unlikely to derail a train.
“Clearly some very strange things were going on in his mind that day.
“He has been held in custody for five months now, and his behaviour seems to have stabalised in that time.”
Judge Tayton said Goddard, who had numerous previous convictions, had been interviewed by a psychiatrist, but there was no recommendation that he be treated under a hospital order.
She said he had now pledged to take his prescribed medication on his release.