Train journey derailed after abuse

A TRAIN journey turned nasty for several passengers on the Sunlander after a man travelling to see his psychiatrist became verbally abusive towards them.

Adrian Peter Holm’s behaviour on the train was so unbearable some passengers moved carriages to escape from him.

The 48-year-old was travelling from Maryborough to Mackay on the Sunlander on April 29 but never got to his destination.

He was evicted from the train at Rockhampton station after other passengers made complaints about his bad language and aggressive behaviour.

Holm struggled violently with police when they tried to escort him off the train. He was charged with being a public nuisance and obstructing police.

Holm faced Maryborough Magistrates Court this week and was fined $950.

Defence lawyer Travis George said Holm had mental health issues and had struggled with alcohol addiction.

He was not drunk, however, on the day in question.

“He cannot explain what happened on that particular day.

“He can’t put down any excuse for what happened, apart from having a really bad day.”

Holm was going to Mackay to see his psychiatrist but he missed the appointment after his arrest.

He has since moved to Coffs Harbour in NSW and is continuing his treatment there.

Magistrate John Smith told Holm he was lucky not to be going to prison.

“If you come before this court for these types of offences again you won’t be dealt with by way of a fine,” Mr Smith said.

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