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Romantic Valentine’s break ends with man going loco at Coleraine Train Station

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A PASSENGER who was drunk and abusive on his way back home from a romantic break to mark the Valentine’s Day period was then disorderly at Coleraine Railway Station where he punched the train driver and a conductor.

Matthew Dowd (27), had been “very drunk” and verbally abusive on the train and the conductor rang ahead to say that he would be put off at Coleraine.

The defendant appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday via video link from prison where he is in custody in relation to another matter.

A prosecutor told how on February 17, 2018, police were tasked to Coleraine Train Station in response to a disorderly man with a glass.

Dowd was being restrained on the floor by “multiple members of Translink staff”.

Police were told the defendant had punched the train driver and a conductor and had threatened staff whilst holding a “glass tumbler” above his head.

A defence barrister said Dowd and his partner had a “weekend away” at a hotel in Derry/Londonderry to mark the Valentine’s Day period and on the way home he had consumed “too much alcohol and other substances”.

The lawyer said the defendant would like to apologise to the Translink staff and said Dowd never had any intention of using the glass in a violent way.

District Judge Oonagh Mullan sentenced the defendant, who had a previous record, to three months in jail.

She said the incident took place in public view and the defendant was “wielding” a glass which would have been “very concerning” for those involved.

Dowd, of Chichester Park North in Belfast, admitted two charges of assault; being disorderly at Coleraine Railway Station and having a ‘glass tumbler’ as an offensive weapon.
The defendant had bail fixed for appeal.

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