City worker, 50, is ordered to pay £1,500 after launching an ‘aggressive’ tirade at a ‘disgusting’ fellow commuter for opening her breakfast of boiled eggs on a 6am Chelmsford to London train
- Samantha Mead became upset after Erika Stoter started eating her breakfast
- The victim admitted the eggs gave off a strong smell on the train journey
- The jury was told that Mead moved ‘quickly and aggressively’ towards her
Samantha Mead, 50, pictured outside Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday, is said to have become upset after Erika Stoter started eating eggs
A city worker launched an ‘aggressive’ tirade at a fellow commuter when she opened her breakfast of boiled eggs on a commuter train, a court heard.
Samantha Mead, 50, is said to have become upset after Erika Stoter started eating her breakfast on the 6am Greater Anglia service from Chelmsford to Liverpool Street, on September 6, 2018.
The victim said she felt ‘intimidated’ during the incident, and admitted the eggs gave off a strong smell, as reported by the Evening Standard.
The jury at Blackfriars Crown Court, was told that Mead gave the victim ‘bad’ looks and moved towards the door in an attempt to escape the smell.
Ms Stoter told the court that when she tried to gesture she was sorry, Mead moved ‘quickly and aggressively’ towards her.
Ms Stoter, who is originally from South America, told the court: ‘The woman asked me if I spoke English and I said no because I was scared and confused. I thought she would stop …she said, ‘You are disgusting’.’
The jury at Blackfriars Crown Court, was told that Mead gave the victim, Ms Stoter (pictured) ‘bad’ looks and moved ‘quickly and aggressively’ towards her
She then claimed Mead threatened her and said ‘do you want to go outside?’
Ms Stoter, told the court she said to the defendant: ‘Don’t you think you are quite old to be doing these kind of things?’
She reported the incident to police after getting off the train at Liverpool Street.
The victim said another commuter has previously complained about her eating eggs on the train, and she had closed her tupperware to the smell.
Ms Stoter added she eats eggs on the early morning commute because it is part of her diet.
Mead told the court the smell of the eggs made her nauseous, and she was taking tablets for a medical condition.
Mead, of Manningtree in Essex, was found guilty of one charge of intentionally causing harassment, alarm or distress
Mead told the court she found the food ‘disgusting’ rather than aiming the comment at Ms Stoter, and also denied losing her temper.
Mead, of Manningtree in Essex, was found guilty of one charge of intentionally causing harassment, alarm or distress.
On Friday, she was fined £750 and ordered to pay £750 in compensation.
She was cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence.