Thug, 21, jailed for death threats in rail station rampage
AMAN armed himself with a makeshift knuckleduster and screamed death threats at train passengers and staff which included: “Everyone must die!”
Reece Stewart armed himself with a sharpened piece of metal and a bag of spanners as he went on the rampage at Maghull railway station last Oct-ober.
The 21-year-old held his arms outstretched to scared Merseyrail employees, and shouted: “I’m going to **** ing do you in! “I will tear you apart ... “... you in the suits, we are going to die!”
Police arrived at the scene after Stewart approached a train coming into the station, and banged on the windows as the conductor kept them locked until help arrived.
Stewart raged: “I need to kill two people in Haydock – there is a paradox, everyone must die, that woman must die.”
He also warned a Merseyrail staff member: “Don’t come closer to me and I won’t come near you.”
Instructions were given to employees to switch off the live tracks at Maghull station in case Stewart, or anyone else who he confronted, came into contact with the electricity.
Liverpool Crown Court was told how Stewart raged: “I’m going to smash you up,” as officers withdrew their Taser guns, which prompted him to finally resist, and he knelt down.
Stewart was taken to hospital on October 24, and was not interviewed by police until November 8, choosing not to be legally represented, as he fully admitted what he had done.
He told police that he “no longer wanted to carry out the threats”.
Zahra Baqri, prosecuting, revealed how the defendant was jailed for 22 months in February last year, for a savage attack on his own mum, stamping and kicking as she lay on the ground.
The parent was left with a fractured skull, a bleed to the brain, and multiple lacerations to her head and body, it was heard.
One rail worker said Stewart’s behaviour was the worst he’d seen in his 27-year career. And Ms Baqri said the 21-year-old committed the offence on the day he was released from jail for a different offence.
Laura Tipping, defending, said that her client was now taking his medication, for a mental health disorder as Judge John BromleyDavenport told her: “This defendant continues to be a problem, and he does pose a danger. Clearly, this is a young man who’s got problems which he needs help with.”
And addressing Stewart, who sat impassively in the dock, he said: “You were in a disturbed frame of mind, you behaved in a very dangerous way.
“I’m told you’ve been making good progress.”
Judge Bromley-Davenport jailed Stewart for eight months, and imposed a restraining order so that he stays away from his mother.