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SLURRED SPEECH: Hines A HAIR­DRESSER be­lieves he may have suf­fered a stroke be­fore he took off his clothes and took a dump on a busy com­muter train, a court heard.

Mal­colm Hines, 58, was on the Greater Anglia ser­vice af­ter vis­it­ing his 104-year-old mother when he al­legedly be­gan to un­dress in front of pas­sen­gers.

He was ar­rested and es­corted from the train at Strat­ford sta­tion shortly be­fore 6pm on Fe­bru­ary 15.

De­fend­ing, Martin Lewis told High­bury Cor­ner Mag­is­trates’ Court: “It is an un­usual case and there is no doubt he acted in this way.

“He is on a train com­ing into Lon­don from Southend, there are other peo­ple in the car­riage.

“The de­fen­dant is then seen tak­ing off his trousers and defe­cat­ing on the floor. have suf­fered a stroke.”

Hines, who was said to be a wealthy man, went to the Royal Free Hos­pi­tal the day af­ter the in­ci­dent and is now seek­ing pri­vate treat­ment to find the cause of his be­hav­iour.

Mr Lewis told the court: “It may be that some­thing hap­pened to the de­fen­dant that caused him to act in this way. He is mor­ti­fied.

“He has no rec­ol­lec­tion and all he can re­mem­ber is hav­ing an ar­gu­ment with his mother’s car­ers.

“He can re­mem­ber get­ting on the train and then af­ter he does not re­mem­ber any­thing else.

Mr Lewis asked the court to ad­journ the hear­ing so Hines could have an MRI scan to see if he had suf­fered any brain in­jury.

Hines, of Maida Vale, west Lon­don, did not en­ter a plea to one count of out­rag­ing pub­lic de­cency.

He will next ap­pear at High­bury Mag­is­trates Court on April 29.

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