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Rail worker who asked friend to stand in spared jail

SPARED JAIL: Oluwaseun Oyesanya went to study while friend carried out his train dispatcher's role

A RAIL worker who asked an untrained friend to stand in for him so he could study was spared jail.

Train dispatcher, Oluwaseun Oyesanya, 36, was ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work and pay £500 costs for letting Olutoba Olubode work at Denmark Hill station in south London between October 15 and 27.

The hearing was told that the deception could have led to a crash and passenger deaths if a train had been cleared to leave Denmark Hill Station at the wrong time.

Olubode, who was standing in as a dispatcher, who conducts safety checks before trains depart, did not have a licence and had not been trained to wave off trains from station platforms.

Chair of the bench Spyros Elia told Oyesanya it was 'but for the will of God that somebody wasn't injured, perhaps even fatally, and maybe more than one person.'

Oyesannya, from Erith in Kent, admitted fraud and endangering safety at Blackfriars crown court.

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