Daniel Serra, 32, hurled abuse at a woman in West Horndon Train Station, Essex including threatening to get her pregnant, after she’d attempted to assist him with directions.
Daniel Serra started shouting at the woman at West Horndon station, Essex asking her how to get to his destination, and after directing him to the ticket office for advice, Daniel Serra subjected the victim to a deluge of textual degradation, including threatening to get her pregnant.
The court heard the victim told him she was, in fact, pregnant, but he maintained his furious attack and sexual threats, saying ‘I’ve got three women pregnant and you’ll be next. You won’t be no princess when I’m finished with you’.
The victim took shelter in the ticket hall and Daniel Serra proceeded to scream threats at her from the platform, and following an investigation by British Transport Police dedicated c2c Proactive Team, Daniel Serra was arrested at his home address.
Daniel Serra, of Greaves Close, Barking, was found guilty of section 4 Public Order offence, at Southend Magistrates’ Court. He was sentenced to six weeks in prison suspended for two years, and he must also complete a rehabilitation programme and pay £500 in compensation to the victim.
This was a prolonged and revolting textual attack on a pregnant woman travelling on her own, and she was naturally left incredibly distressed by the ordeal, having gravely feared for her safety, and Daniel Serra is a despicable person, and it probably won’t be the last time we read about him in the newspaper.
No abuse is acceptable from anyone, and everyone has the right to feel safe and to be treated with dignity, and everyone has the right to live in safety, from abuse whether it be in a public place or inside the home, and verbal abuse, threats and name-calling is an experience familiar to many people, however, there are laws in place to protect from verbal abuse.
The police should be protecting people from this kind of treatment, but it’s not always the case, and this sort of abuse would have left this unfortunate woman in a state of trauma and distress, and the fact that she was pregnant and was abused by Daniel Serra is pretty sickening.
And safeguarding means protecting a person’s right to live in safety, free from abuse, but in this instance, the victim was not safeguarded and Daniel Serra is out on the streets again to do just as he pleases, and the fact that he said “I’ve got three women pregnant and you’ll be next.’ is not just abuse, it’s a threat, which should be taken extremely seriously, and should have come with a custodial sentence.
Not only that, abuse or violence or any sort of damaging behaviour can be directly damaging to the babies of pregnant women simply because there are changes to the mother’s stress response systems, raising their levels of the hormone cortisol, which in turn could increase cortisol levels in the unborn child, and this sends a strong message that abuse or violence affects the fetus even before it’s born.
But when push comes to shove, this should never have happened, and Daniel Serra is back out on the streets to harass and harry someone else, but perhaps this time the victim might not be so fortunate.