Teenage girl jailed for 'nearly punching TfL worker's eye from its socket'

Tristan Kirk
Tashanna Mauge, 18, attacked Akinyika Oyedapo at Denmark Hill station: Central News

A teenage girl who nearly punched part of a Transport for London worker’s eye from its socket when she was stopped for fare dodging has been jailed for 18 months.

Tashanna Mauge, 18, attacked Akinyika Oyedapo at Denmark Hill station when she was stopped from hopping through the ticket barriers without paying.

She swung a powerful punch which left the lens of one of Mr Oyedapo’s eyes hanging out, Blackfriars crown court heard.

The TfL worker has been unable to return to work since the attack, on April 15, and has struggled to watch TV, use a computer, or even go outside because of pain from light.

Prosecutor Patricia Deighan told the court Mr Oyedapo’s doctor described it as “the worst injury he had seen”.

She told the court Mauge got into an argument with the train station worker after being stopped at the barrier.

“She tried to snatch the keys from Mr Oyedapo’s hand, he managed to hold onto them and she punched him in the eye”, she said.

“A witness heard a loud cracking sound as the defendant’s fist hit Mr Oyedapo.”

In a victim impact statement, Mr Oyedapo added that he “had never experienced such pain in his life”.

Sentencing Mauge to 18 months in a young offenders’ institution, Judge Rajeev Shetty said: “This is, as you realise, a really nasty case and sadly in this day and age the victim was probably all too used to abusive travellers.

“The conversation between you and him resulted in him becoming particularly upset and why shouldn’t he be – he was really trying to do nothing more than his job.

“You decided to punch him, it was a hard punch, I appreciate that you didn’t know that he previously had had eye surgery beforehand but the effect on him has been devastating.

“The lens of his eye was hanging out, it was barely attached.”

Mauge, from West Norwood, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm. A second charge of racially aggravated grievous bodily harm was dropped by the prosecution.