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Train truth or dare game lands pair in court

PUBLISHED: 07:36 09 February 2010 | UPDATED: 08:01 02 July 2010

Peter Walsh

Two strangers who had never met each other appeared in court after playing a truth or dare game as a result of which one defendant exposed himself to passengers and the other assaulted a train guard.

Two strangers who had never met each other appeared in court after playing a truth or dare game as a result of which one defendant exposed himself to passengers and the other assaulted a train guard.

Adewumni Bankole, 44, from Grove Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, and Kelly Beale, 22, of Lindbergh Road, Ipswich, appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court yesterdaycharged with a number of offences relating to a train journey between Peterborough and Norwich on December 23.

Bankole yesterday pleaded guilty to an offence of exposure and another of using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour.

Beale pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in a public place, one charge of assault, smoking in a rail carriage, and also to failing to surrender to court for an earlier hearing on January 12 in relation to the same case.

Phil Charnley, prosecuting, said: “These charges arise from anti-social behaviour from two defendants on a train journey between Peterborough and Norwich. Both defendants boarded at Peterborough and only just met.”

Mr Charnley said Beale, who had been drinking, was very loud, used offensive language and was seen by other passengers to roll up a cigarette and smoke it on more than one occasion.

He said: “She and the other defendant played a game of truth or dare, but in reality it was just dare. During the game they swore repeatedly.”

The court heard that Bankole dared Beale to show off her bra before she in turn dared him to expose himself.

A passenger approached a guard to complain. When told they would asked to leave the train at the next station, Thetford, Beale “grabbed the arms of the guard”.

Mr Charnley said the disorderly behaviour “went on for the length of the journey” which was about two hours. They were arrested at Norwich.

Ted Bell, mitigating for Bankole, said his client was a man of previous good character. He added: “This really started as a game which got out of hand”.

James Burrows, mitigating for Beale, said she had been “embarrassed” by her behaviour.

District Judge Philip Browning said Bankole should be “thoroughly ashamed” of himself and fined him £500 for the exposure offence, £250 for the public order offence, and ordered him to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Beale was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment for the assault and four weeks custody for failing to appear at court on January 12 with no separate penalties for the drunk and disorderly or smoking offences.

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