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Drunken clerk's Tube rampage

PUBLISHED: 18:09 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:02 25 August 2010

A TANKED up solicitors clerk who went on a drunken rampage on the Tube has escaped jail.

A 'TANKED up' solicitors' clerk who went on a drunken rampage on the Tube has escaped jail.

Thomas Mansell, 19, of Halons Road, Eltham, pleaded guilty to one count of affray and two counts of criminal damage.

He was ordered by Southwark Crown Court last on July 10 to pay £2,240 in compensation and contribute £260 in costs.

He was handed a five-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and also ordered to do 50 hours unpaid work, undergo supervision for 18 months and follow an alcohol treatment requirement.

The teenager lobbed ballasts at commuters and staff at Moorgate Station before smashing a carriage window on September 19 last year.

The court heard Mansell, who works for a city solicitors' firm, also managed to break a fluorescent light bulb on the platform.

He was then seen kicking the side of a train before jumping on to the tracks after dropping his mobile phone.

Dominic Benthall, prosecuting, said Mansell jumped the gates at Farringdon station at around midnight and when a member of staff said the gate was already open, the teenager replied: "I'm 18, I can do what the f**k I want, you are over 30 and you work on the Underground."

He then spat at the station employee.

He was seen arranging a pile of ballasts at the edge on the edge of the tracks and began rolling them along the platform.

Worried commuters called for the station assistant, but when he approached Mansell he was threatened with a stone. The police were called and Mansell began spluttering racist abuse at the officers.

He then claimed he was drunk and could not remember what happened but said he had gone on to the tracks as he had dropped his phone.

The court was told Mansell was suffering from depression following the breakdown of his parents' relationship, was 'struggling to cope' and had turned to alcohol.

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