Man jailed for assaulting Dutch railway staff
A man who threatened and assaulted two NS employees has been sentence to six weeks in prison.Lelystad – The court in Lelystad has sentence a man to six weeks in prison for threatening and assaulting two staff members of the Dutch railway company (NS), reports news agency ANP.
The 37-year old man attempted to travel from Almere to his Weesp, a town near Amsterdam, without a valid train ticket on 5 April 2009. When checked by two NS staff, he responded by shoving them and threatening one NS staff that he would throw him in front of the train.
The Public Prosecutor's office had called for a tougher sentence in view of the charge of serious bodily assault. It sought a sentence of eight months against the man, four of which were suspended.
Although the court deplored the man’s misconduct under the influence of alcohol and drugs, it sentenced him to no more than six weeks because it found the charge misplaced and inaccurate.
Spate of attacks
The attack on the NS staff follow a number of incidents of violence against public transport workers as of 2009.
On Thursday, a verdict is due in a case concerning another incident in Almere on 19 March 2009. The prosecution is calling for a sentence of two years and one of 20 months against two local residents charged with brutal assault on two railway workers. One is charged with the attempted manslaughter of a train conductor. Both men are accused of assaulting another member of NS staff who came to the aid of his colleague.
That incident led NS personnel in Almere to stop work temporarily that same day and also block the line at Almere Central station in protest.
NS has since introduced additional security measures for its staff following that incident.
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