Friday, August 28, 2015 - 14:34
Suspect in train conductor beating says he wasn't involved
The 27 year old Rotterdam man who is suspected of severely assaulting a train conductress in Hoofddorp in March, denies that he ever touched her. This was revealed during a non-substantive hearing in the court in Haarlem on Friday, Het Parool reports. The assault happened in the Hoofddorp station on March 6th. The 44 year old conductress sustained several fractures in her face and had to undergo surgery. She could not remember anything about the attack. According to the police, the last thing she remembers is making her last round in the train between Schiphol and Hoofddorp and encountering a difficult passenger who refused to get off the train. Swendly R. was arrested shortly after the incident. According to his lawyer, Frank Horstman, R. first saw the conductress when he left the train. She was lying wounded on the floor and grabbed his leg. He did not raise the alarm because he saw the train driver coming over. Horstman stated that there is nothing to show that his client assaulted the conductress. He had no injuries on his hand and the only traces of blood that were found was near his shoe. "But that corresponds with his statement that she grabbed his leg." The substantive hearing in this case is scheduled for November 20th.