A drunken young woman who jumped from a platform onto a railway line, was pulled to safety just seconds before a train arrived.
Fefe Myatt had already been thrown off one train when she clambered onto the track at Apsley Railway Station in Hertfordshire at the height of the rush hour.
Today (Thurs, October 8) St Albans Crown Court was told her actions had caused massive disruption to the rail network with seven trains cancelled and passengers held up.
All told the cost to the rail company was almost a quarter of a million pounds.
Myatt, 30, from Gillingham in Kent pleaded guilty to obstructing a train and using threatening, abusive words and behaviour towards a woman station worker who was on the platform after she had been pulled to safely.
Prosecutor Mark Hunsley said Myatt had been on board a train with her uncle travelling from Euston to Milton Keynes on the evening of March 5 this year.
The court was told both were intoxicated and were eventually asked by rail staff to leave the train when it pulled into Apsley.
Video footage was played in court today which showed Myatt on the platform at the station at around 6pm, before lowering herself onto the track.
Seconds later a train on the same track which had been forced to apply its emergency brakes arrived at the platform.
Mr Hunsley said back on the platform Myatt was verbally abusive to station staff and turning on one-woman worker, she said: “I am going to get you; I am going to get your children. I know where you live. Go back home.”
Police arrived at the station a short while later and the defendant was arrested.
Today the court heard she had been drinking heavily that day.
Judge Michael Kay QC hearing the case was told Myatt had a dink problem and was alcohol dependant.
He sentenced her to nine months imprisonment which was suspended for two years telling her: “You have only just escaped a prison sentence.”
In addition, he told she must complete a nine-month alcohol treatment programme to tackle her drinking.
She was also told she would have to pay £200 compensation to the woman railway worker she had been abusive to.