Vi­cious thug, 26, in train at­tack on stranger

Ayrshire Post - - News - Chris Tay­lor

A brute beat a train pas­sen­ger to a pulp in front of ter­ri­fied trav­ellers.

Ben Flynn, 26, of Ayr, pum­melled the man in the face as his vic­tim screamed: “Stop, stop.”

The thug – who has a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion for a bot­tle at­tack – sat calmly back in his seat as shocked com­muters rushed to help the blood­ied man.

Flynn ap­peared shame­faced in the dock at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court and handed over a let­ter ad­mit­ting the at­tack.

Pros­e­cu­tor Colin Wil­son told how trou­ble flared as the train headed for John­stone Rail Sta­tion.

He said: “A wit­ness heard raised voices in the top car­riage.

“He heard, ‘ f***** g come on’.

“When he turned around, he could see the man shout­ing was Ben Flynn.

“He was shout­ing at an un­named vic­tim. Flynn punched him re­peat­edly to the head, knock­ing the glasses he was wear­ing to the floor.

“He stamped on the glasses, then con­tin­ued to punch the vic­tim. Wit­nesses ob­served the vic­tim cov­er­ing his face and heard him say­ing, ‘ stop, stop’.

“Flynn re­turned to his seat as other pas­sen­gers in­ter­vened to help the man.”

Car­riage CCTV cap­tured the bru­tal at­tack on cam­era last Novem­ber 4.

The court heard the train was trav­el­ling from Glas­gow to Ayr when Flynn pounced at John­stone around 11.30pm.

The court heard a pal pulled Flynn away claim­ing: “It’s not worth it.”

Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice traced the yob af­ter quizzing the friend with a photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion line- up. Flynn claimed he had been spat on. But Sher­iff Colin Pet­ti­grew in­sisted there was no ev­i­dence to sug­gest he had been as­saulted.

He said: “You re­peat­edly punched this un­named man on the head to his in­jury.

“It’s your po­si­tion this was caused by be­ing spat at.

“Hav­ing read your let­ter, even if cor­rect, and I only have your word for it, this gen­tle­man did not spit more than once.

“You have a con­vic­tion for as­sault to se­vere in­jury in­volv­ing a bot­tle.

“Tak­ing ev­ery­thing into ac­count, I am only just per­suaded to deal with it by mon­e­tary penalty.”

Flynn was fined £ 500.

thug Flynn was pulled off vic­tim

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