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Boy accused of stopping train is facing trial

a DUBLIN youth is to face trial accused of a vandalism rampage after he allegedly forced a train to a sudden stop by pulling the emergency chord.

The 17-year-old boy, who is from the city's northside, is charged with criminal damage to the value of €3,453 to windows on a Sligo-Dublin train on June 27 last.

In an outline of the allegations Garda Eoin Pelly told Judge John O'Connor that the accused was in possession of three bottles of beer when he boarded the train at Maynooth station at about 1pm.

The Dublin Children's Court heard he "got into a verbal altercation with another passenger which led to a physical assault where the accused received a number of cuts to the head".


Gda Pelly said it was alleged the youth "went to the back of the carriage, took possession of a shatter hammer and pulled the emergency chord just outside Ashtown station".

Gda Pelly said it was alleged the teen then tried to "break a number of windows on the train".

When the train was stationary the driver emerged to see what was happening, the court heard. Gda Pelly said the accused exited via the driver's cab and "ran down the tracks towards Broombridge station".

Judge O'Connor remanded the boy on continuing bail to appear again later this month when the court will hear the defence arguments and make a ruling on the trial venue issue.