Woodford Green doctor, 53, found guilty of assaulting two Tube workers
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The career of a GP hangs in the balance after she was found guilty on Wednesday of assaulting two Tube workers when she had trouble getting through the ticket gate.
Fearing she would miss the last train home, Dr Sahar Hussain, 53, of Charteris Road, Woodford Green, panicked and lost all self-control on a busy Friday night at Leicester Square Tube station.
The doctor demanded beleaguered staff members let her through before assaulting Malcolm Shaw, 59, and Indira Ramsaroop, City of London Magistrates’ Court heard.
In video footage captured on her own mobile phone Hussain can be heard shouting: “I’m a doctor actually, I work for the NHS.
“I’m a doctor. Get me through the gate, I’m going to miss my train.”
Hussain admitted losing her temper because she was desperate to avoid being stranded, as a lone Muslim woman, in central London, but insisted she did not physically lash out.
“I’m very sorry about the way I expressed myself with my agitation and frustration,” she said.
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But, finding her guilty of two counts of assault by beating, District Judge Quentin Purdy told her: “The evidence is overwhelming. You completely lost your self-control.”
“You were anxious about missing the last train, concerned about being late for work or unable to work the next day, cultural embarrassment by being left in London as a married Muslim woman.”
Hussain was ordered to pay a total of £2,250 in fines, compensation and costs.
Her career hangs in the balance as she is bound to face disciplinary action from the General Medical Council.
She demanded ticket seller Mr Shaw personally let her through before lashing out at his colleague who was trying to help after socialising with friends.
Mother-of-one Hussain, originally from Iraq, screamed and shouted at Mrs Ramsaroop.
The 24-year Transport for London worker was then chased by the 5ft 2in medic as she fled to the control room for safety, bumping her head on the way.
Mrs Ramsaroop was close to tears in court as she told how she had to take almost two weeks off work following the incident, adding: “I got quite ill just at the worrying and fear.”
Sentencing Hussain, the judge told the doctor: “You have lost a great deal by your lack of self-control.
“Your good name is now lost with these two convictions for assault.”
Hussain denied but was convicted of two counts of common assault by beating.