‘Abusive’ Doncaster brothers jailed after attacking police and …
22-year-old Kieron McCarrigle and his 24-year-old brother Paul McGarrigle were told to get off a train by the driver, after they had been drinking and were being abusive to passengers and staff on board. The driver refused to move the train forward until the nuisance pair disembarked.
The pair then threatened the driver with a glass bottle and left the platform before returning shortly afterwards and throwing a glass bottle at the train. British Transport Police officers tracked down the siblings on a bus heading to Rotherham, but when officers boarded the bus at Mexborough, the pair fled via the emergency exit. Officers arrested Paul while Keiron ran off.
When the officer caught Keiron, he threatened her with a glass bottle and ran off before returning to the scene of his brother's earlier arrest, punched the officer in the face and head and destroyed his police radio so he could not call for help.
Officers and a member of the public assisted in the eventual detaining and arrest of Keiron. The obstruction to the railway incurred 149 minutes of delays with one full service cancellation and two partial cancellations with a total cost of £4748.78.
Keiron McGarrigle, of Broxbourne Gardens, Doncaster and his brother Paul McGarrigle, of Askern Road, Doncaster were sentenced at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday August 16. Keiron pleaded guilty to a section 4 public order offence, obstruction of the railway, criminal damage, assault of an emergency worker and one count of common assault and sentenced to nine and a half months.
Kieron was also ordered to pay £300 compensation to the officer and £100 to the member of public who assisted. Paul McGarrigle was sentenced to three months in prison for a section 4 public order offence and obstruction of the railway.
Investigating officer PC Ryan Arnold said: "There is no excuse for the violence and abuse of rail staff or police officers. We do not tolerate this behaviour at railway stations or across the network."
"Officers work tirelessly to serve the community, they and rail staff come to work to ensure the safety of the public and do not expect to be assaulted or abused in their workday. The brothers showed no regard for other passengers or the wider public and their behaviour has landed them both with prison sentences."