A Melbourne V/Line train conductor has been stood down, after video emerged that showed him punching on with a passenger at Broadford Station, north of the city, on Saturday afternoon.
The man seen copping the beating is alleged to be a train passenger who became unruly and was abusing another traveller. Witnesses say that the conductor stepped in and asked him to “quiet down” several times, before being spat on.
The passenger who filmed the video told the Herald Sun that the altercation occurred after the unruly man was kicked off:
“He was telling the guard that he was going to bomb his house, that he was going to hunt him down and wanted to know his name. The bloke was abusive and making threats … but this guard (conductor) has taken the matter into his own hands. They proved their point with the first couple of hits, there was no need to keep going.”
The 46-year-old man seen in the video has been charged over the alleged assault of a woman, while V/Line is “assisting Victoria police” into an investigation involving the conductor.
UPDATE, 7:14pm 21/9/15: The conductor that was filmed assaulting a passenger at the Broadford Station in Victoria has been stood down, pending an internal V/Line investigation. Detectives from the Transit Crime Investigation Unit are also investigating into the incident, and V/Line said to media that it is providing trauma counselling to staff.