The chief executive of a large, Worthing-based wealth management business has been convicted of assault after permanently scarring a passenger during a 'drunken' row on a commuter train.
Croydon Magistrates' Court confirmed 45-year-old Kevin Fowler, CEO of Platinum Wealth Management, was sentenced to a one year community order, with 200 hours of unpaid work, after the incident which reportedly left another man with a cut under his eye.
He was also ordered to pay £1,500 in compensation and court costs of £550.
The Daily Mail reports Fowler, of Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, got angry with victim Adrian Farthing as his laptop bag was taking up a seat on a late-night train from London Bridge. The pair then had an argument which culminated in the assault.
The paper said Fowler launched into a tirade about "standing up for the rights of the middle-class bloke" and "the right to use a seat".
Fowler, who was arrested at East Croydon station, claimed he was defending himself when he caught the victim's eye. He also claimed Farthing had kicked him in the ankle, and produced photos of his injuries.
District judge Justin Barron told Fowler: "Your behaviour has been described as loutish, drunken and boorish. Your demeanour in the witness stand has come over as aggressive and sarcastic and it is far more likely you received that injury through your own drunken behaviour."
Platinum Wealth did not comment.
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