Cane train assistant bashed by joy riders

By Kate Wilson

ANOTHER night on the cane train ended with a vicious bashing for a Bundaberg man on Sunday night.

The Bundaberg Sugar loco assistant, who asked not to be identified because he feared retribution, was allegedly kicked and punched by three youths after he told the alleged offenders off for catching a joy ride on the train.

Bundaberg Sugar regional manager Gary Longden said the company was stunned by the incident.

"The assault is extremely unusual - this was totally unprovoked and outrageous," Mr Longden said.

"We obviously believe this is a serious incident and are very interested in the outcome of the situation."

The incident started when the locomotive's driver and assistant noticed three youths running alongside the train.

The alleged offenders then jumped on to the back carriage and did "star jumps and waved" to the driver.

When the train was stopped, the assistant walked toward the youth's vehicle to read the number plate.

The man was then allegedly attacked, with the sound of the bashing broadcast over his two-way radio. Police questioned the alleged offenders, who were found in the parked car, but they were later released.

Mr Longden said the assault was one of two incidents at the weekend - youths allegedly threw rocks and pretended to collapse on the rail tracks on Saturday night.



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