A MAN attacked a train conductor when he asked to see his ticket, a court heard.
James Bradshaw punched the Northern Rail worker in the face and threatened to shoot him.
Kirklees magistrates heard how the Deighton man blew up after the conductor disturbed his phone conversation.
However the 47-year-old escaped jail despite his record of violence.
The Huddersfield bench was told that the attack happened on April 18 as the train pulled into Deighton station.
Conductor Adam Bradshaw was at work as the train set off from Huddersfield at 10.30pm on its way towards Leeds.
Clare Benson, prosecuting, said that as Mr Bradshaw passed through the train checking tickets he came across Bradshaw.
She said: “The defendant appeared to be on his phone and when the complainant asked to see his ticket he got no response.
“He was asked for his ticket again and replied: ‘I’ve had enough of this, I’m getting off at Deighton’.
“He seemed to be annoyed at being asked for his ticket.”
Mr Bradshaw told Bradshaw, of Browning Road, that he would have to show his ticket before he left the train.
When the train pulled in at Deighton the doors were released to let passengers off.
Ms Benson said: “The conductor was pushed from behind to the platform by the defendant. He then felt two blows to the left side of his face.”
Magistrates were told that Mr Bradshaw knocked Bradshaw’s glasses off as he tried to defend himself.
Ms Benson said: “He tried to kick him but the complainant was able to block the kick with his ticket machine.
“The defendant said: ‘I’m going to shoot you, I’m going to kill you’. But having made these threats he left the station.”
Mr Bradshaw suffered swelling to his lip, pain to a tooth crown and cuts inside his mouth as a result of the attack.
Magistrates were told that Bradshaw had previous offences of violence on his record, the last in July 2012.
He had denied assaulting the conductor, but was convicted after a trial in December.
The bench heard that he still denied the attack, but admitted he had been annoyed at the way the conductor asked for his ticket.
John Ozyer, mitigating, said that Bradshaw’s issue with alcohol was a “common trigger” behind his offending.
Mr Ozyer added: “He’s had a troubled upbringing, and whilst that doesn’t justify this behaviour it’s had a significant bearing on how he’s conducted himself.”
Magistrates told Bradshaw that his case was aggravated by the fact that he attacked a public servant carrying out his duties.
They sentenced him to a 12 month community order as a direct alternative to custody.
This includes a 50-day activity requirement and an electronically-monitored curfew for 12 weeks.
Bradshaw was also ordered to pay Mr Bradshaw £150 compensation and £100 court costs.