'Bunny girl' found guilty of train assault

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A woman dressed as a bunny girl on a night out in Birmingham has been found guilty of assault after attacking two train passengers she believed were laughing at her.

Mother-of-four Tanya Oakley told Birmingham Magistrate's Court she believed a group of people had been laughing at her costume.

She reportedly went down the carriage and swung at one woman and yanked the hair of another.

Oakley, 26, was given a conditional discharge lasting 18 months after admitting two charges of common assault on 2 November last year.

Mr Jonathan Purser, prosecuting, told the Express and Star: "In interview she said she left the club with her friends at 5am and on a scale of 1-10 of intoxication, she said she was about a 10.

"She accepted boarding the train, she accepted swinging at one of the girls who was sat down.

"She fully accepted everything from the statements of the injured parties."

Darryl Foster, defending, she Oakley was "distraught" by her behaviour and was not a habitual drinker.

At the time of the incident, PC Brendan Gilbride, the investigating officer, said: "A group of 12 friends, who had enjoyed a night out in Birmingham, boarded a Worcester-bound train at Moor Street railway station at around 6.10am on Saturday, 2 November.

"Soon afterwards, members of the group were subjected to an unprovoked assault by another group who were on the same train.

"The train driver managed to split the two groups up and the victims left the train, while the offenders remained on the service, alighting at Old Hill rail station."

Ms Oakley was also ordered to pay £25 compensation to the two women she assaulted, as well as £50 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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