Posted: Wed 13th Apr 2022

Abusive man who refused to get off Chester to Holyhead train caused £4000 worth of delays

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Apr 13th, 2022

A man who refused to get off a train, causing over £4,000 worth of delays, has been sentenced following a British Transport Police (BTP) investigation. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Kristiann Johan Jones, 50, and of Bodnant road, Llandudno, pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour, possession of class A drugs and obstructing an engine or carriage by not leaving a train when told to do so. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

At Mold Crown Court last week he was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay £115 victim surcharge, attend rehabilitation sessions and be subjected to a three-month curfew and electronic monitoring. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The court heard how on the morning of 20 July 2021, Jones was travelling on a train from Chester to Holyhead. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

During the journey, the train conductor approached Jones to ask for his ticket. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Jones appeared to be asleep and didn’t respond to the conductor’s attempts to wake him. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The conductor went to check on other passengers before returning to Jones, but he remained still and silent. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Concerned for Jones’ welfare, the conductor reached for the phone which was next to him to check if there were any warning markers for medical conditions to explain his unresponsiveness. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Jones immediately woke up and became aggressive and abusive towards the conductor, threatening to “smash” his face and swearing at him. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The train conductor refused to let Jones travel any further and asked him multiple times to leave the service when it arrived at Flint railway station, but he wouldn’t. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The train was held at the station due to Jones’ behaviour, until he finally left over 20 minutes later. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The delay cost the rail industry £4,241 in financial loss. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Officers attended and arrested Jones at the station and, upon search, found him to be in possession of two pills which he admitted to being ecstasy tablets. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

BTP Sergeant Rob Thomas said: “This situation could have been calmly resolved if Jones had responded and listened to the train conductor – who was simply doing their job – and indeed was concerned for his welfare.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Instead he chose to abuse them and delay the train and the other passengers onboard, causing significant financial loss to the railway and inconvenience to other passengers.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Nobody should go to work fearing abuse or violence and the sentence imposed by the court shows this type of behaviour will absolutely not be tolerated.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Rachel Heath, Head of Operations Delivery, Network Rail Wales and Borders said: “This individual’s actions were utterly unacceptable.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Railway staff should not have to put up with abuse and he’s disrupted passengers on a key route and cost taxpayers thousands of pounds.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“This sentence sends a strong message: we will not tolerate behaviour like this on the rail network.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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