A “drunk and racist” man was fined almost $1500 after he verbally assaulted a woman and her 4-year-old on a UK train ride.
The mother, attorney Sanaa Shahld, was on a train from London to Glasgow when Alexander MacKinnon verbally attacked her and her child, Zayn, with racial slurs. MacKinnon allegedly told the lawyer and her son that they did not belong in first class, much less the country, though Shahld has lived in Scotland her entire life.
“You don’t deserve to be in first class. You should be in common class. In fact, you shouldn’t be in this country at all.”
Shahld said that about 10 to 12 people were there during the attack but no one spoke up in defense of the family. It wasn’t until after the attorney started to film the incident that someone walked up to the man to say something.
Shahld was filming the man talking on the phone about the incident saying that he expected the attorney would accuse him of discrimination. He said that the woman story wouldn’t be enough to get him in trouble.
“It’s my word against hers.”
After MacKinnon ended the phone call, the rail worker approached him at his seat. The worker said that he heard the whole incident, and now it was his word, along with Shahld’s, against MacKinnon. He told MacKinnon that he needed to leave the train.
“I’m not going to accept it. You’re drunk and racist and you need to get off the train.”
After the train stopped and MacKinnon was getting up to leave, he stopped to insult Shahld one more time and curse at 4-year-old Zayn.
“You’re so wonderful, wasting police time, miss. And your f*cking son.”
MacKinnon pleaded guilty last week to a racially aggravated public order offense. He was fined $1440 and was ordered to pay $62 in compensation to Shahld.