Barnstaple pair fined for rowing on train

08:00 08 April 2014

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

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Couple were ejected at Morchard Road station after ‘pushing and shoving’ each other while swearing loudly on train.

A COUPLE who had a drunken row on a train between Exeter and Barnstaple have pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour.

Gail Penkeyman, 47, and Scott Rigler, 42, both of Town Walk, Barnstaple appeared in court on Friday charged with the incident on December 30.

Magistrates heard the manager of the train had been approached by a passenger at around 9.10pm who appeared distressed and said there were two people fighting.

The manager found Rigler and Penkeyman in the front train carriage, pushing and shoving each other and having a ‘dramatic’ argument.

The court heard Rigler, who had taken off his top and was stood bare-chested, swore at the manager when he approached them.

Two other passengers helped the train manager eject the couple at Morchard Road station, where they were met by police.

Rigler and Penkeyman said they could not remember a lot of the argument and that ‘emotions had been running high’ at the time.

Penkeyman told the court: “I’m sorry for causing distress on the train. Things got out of hand but we haven’t had a drink since and things have been much better.”

Magistrates fined the couple £70 each and ordered them to each pay a £20 victim surcharge.

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