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Sunday 31 August 2014

Sean Quinn Jnr arrested after locking himself in train toilet

Tom Brady and Paul Melia

Published 26/03/2013 | 05:00

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Sean Quinn Jr and his wife Karen Woods

CONTROVERSIAL businessman Sean Quinn Jnr was pulled off a train over the weekend after being accused of drunkenly abusing other passengers.

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The 33-year-old was travelling from Westport, Co Mayo to Dublin when passengers complained to the driver about his behaviour.

Gardai were called and he locked himself in a toilet before being escorted from the train at Tullamore, Co Offaly.

He was arrested and taken to the local garda station before being given a caution.

It is understood he then made alternative transport arrangements to complete his journey.

The son of bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn, Mr Quinn Jnr was travelling on board the 13.15 train from Westport to Dublin on Sunday afternoon when the incident occurred.

Repeated attempts to contact him for comment yesterday were unsuccessful. A spokesman for Iarnrod Eireann confirmed that a man was asked to leave the train in Tullamore, adding the service was delayed for almost 15 minutes.

"One person was removed from the train," he said. "Other passengers complained and the driver asked for gardai to be called. When the train arrived in Tullamore, the gardai sought to remove him from the train.

"The person locked himself in the toilet and resisted arrest. He was handcuffed and removed from the train. He was drunk and being verbally abusive to other people on board."

Mr Quinn Jnr has been embroiled in his family's legal difficulties and was jailed last year for contempt of court after he failed to comply with court orders to reverse steps to put international assets out of the reach of IBRC, formerly known as Anglo Irish Bank.

He was released from Mountjoy Prison in Dublin after serving a three-month term. His cousin Peter Darragh Quinn was also sentenced to three months, but that sentence has not been executed as the businessman left the jurisdiction.

It is understood that after the train incident, Mr Quinn was given an adult caution, introduced in 2006 and aimed at people who are unlikely to re-offend.

"Certain persons, for example those without previous convictions, may be dealt with effectively and deterred from acting in a criminal manner in the future through cautioning rather than prosecution," the garda website says. "The principal purpose of the scheme is to divert from prosecution adults who are unlikely to re-offend."

It also says that before a caution is issued there must be "prima facie evidence" of the offender's guilt, the offender must admit the offence and must understand the significance of a caution.

Among the offences for which a caution can be used are intoxication in a public place, disorderly conduct in a public place, failure to comply with a direction from a garda and criminal damage.

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