City worker banned from every London pub for racist attack

Jamie Johnson
Robert Tolley, pictured, had been drinking for six hours at a lunchtime leaving party before he launched an unprovoked racist attack  - Brais G. Rouco

A city worker has been banned from every pub in Greater London after a judge ruled he cannot handle his drink.

Robert Tolley, a father-of-two who works as a divisional director at EC3 Brokers, had been drinking for six hours at a lunchtime leaving party before he launched an unprovoked racist attack on two members of the public.

A court heard he bumped into Sheikh Ahmed and Sayema Khanom at Liverpool Street Station.

While on an escalator, he pushed Mr Ahmed and apparently threw a punch in his direction. Tolley then called Mr Ahmed a “brown dog” and Ms Khanom a “Kumar prostitute”.

Speaking at Westminster magistrates’ court, District Judge Snow said: “Since you cannot control yourself while you are drinking, we are going to try and curb your drinking.”

Tolley has been told he cannot enter any pub, bar or nightclub in Greater London or Wiltshire, where Tolley lives, for a year.

Greater London encompasses the 32 London boroughs as well as the City of London. The Campaign for Real Ale says there are 3,823 pubs in this area. 

Marcia Evans, prosecuting, said: “On Feb 21 at about 8.15pm at Liverpool Street Station, the complainants had been exiting Bishop Gates’ exit when Mr Ahmed noticed the defendant. He was on the escalator with his partner. The defendant came quite close to her.

“He goes down the escalator, he pushes Mr Ahmed and Ms Khanom tries to intervene in the dispute. 

“There is a suggestion of a punch but nothing landing.”

The judge added: “The aggravating features of this offence are that there were two victims here, not one, and the incident took place at a very busy central London station.

“From your own point of view, the reason this is going to be dealt with by community order is because the court will not tolerate this type of offence.”

Tolley, 48, of West Manton, Wilts, who said he was “deeply ashamed”, admitted two charges of racially aggravated common assault.  

A spokesman for his workplace said: “EC3 Brokers first became aware of this terrible incident today and we can confirm Robert Tolley has been suspended until the conclusion of a disciplinary procedure.”