Goring businessman spared jail over ‘seat rage’ attack

A GORING company director who left a man permanently scarred after a “seat rage” attack on a late-night train has been spared jail.

Instead, Kevin Fowler, 45, of Withdean Avenue, got a 12-month community order when he appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Monday (March 12, 2012).

Fowler, who employs 50 people, pleaded guilty to assault an earlier hearing, when the court heard he punched Adrian Farthing, 38, from Brighton, causing a cut under his eye during the incident on August 4.

Mr Farthing said he was on a train at London Bridge Station at 11.15pm when Fowler got on, picked up his laptop bag and said he had a right to sit there. “He threatened me with words along the lines of: ‘You’d better shut up before I shut you up’,” he said.

He also described Fowler as “very, very drunk” and “arrogant”.

Fowler, however, said he had drunk no more than four or five pints, and claimed he was defending himself after Farthing kicked his ankle. He added: “When I put the bag in his lap it was not with undue force. I was irritated, but not annoyed. He laughed at me in a way to demean me. He was being very sarcastic.”

Fowler was also ordered to pay Farthing £1,500 compensation and £550 in legal costs.