A Rockhampton man was kicked off the tilt train for causing a disturbance last month.
A Rockhampton man was kicked off the tilt train for causing a disturbance last month. Supplied By QUEENSLAND RAIL

Train stops to chuck rowdy man off

ROCKHAMPTON man Shane Francis McCoombes was causing such a ruckus on the tilt train that it made a midway stop to kick him off.

Staff had alerted police that they would be stopping at Miriam Vale and would like assistance.

McCoombes, 43, had been making threats and yelling at passengers.

When police boarded the train at 5.10pm on December 18, he was slumped over pretending to be asleep.

But he wasn’t asleep at all, and startled police with his abusive tirade.

Yesterday he pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to public nuisance, as well as contravening a direction and wilful damage – from separate dates.

McCoombes, an ex-army man, was on his way home from Bundaberg after visiting family.

Defence solicitor Paul Wonnocott said McCoombes was a reformed alcoholic who started drinking again three months ago.

He said he had “got on the grog” in Bundaberg before he left.

McCoombes was also sentenced for damaging someone’s personal CCTV footage set up outside a home on August 25.

Magistrate John McGrath described the behaviour as “quite disgraceful”.

McCoombes was fined a total of $700 and ordered to pay $215 in restitution.



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