Wednesday 22 November 2017

'I can't believe this could happen to children' - mum of teen (13) threatened with knife on Luas

Luas stock image
Luas stock image

Catherine Devine and Laura Larkin

The mother of a teen who was left terrified after she was mugged at knife point on the Luas has called for a text alert scheme to be introduced on public transport.

Mia Kane (13) was with a group of friends who visited Dundrum Town Centre before getting the Luas home.

However, a man and a woman allegedly began verbally abusing her and her friends as the woman waved a knife around making "stabbing motions".

"It's just terrifying that nobody was able to help but they were probably scared," her mum Michelle told Independent.ie

When the Luas stopped at Brides Glen Mia was too frightened to get off and took out her phone to call her mum.

"The man grabbed her and took the phone off her," her mum said.

The man and woman fled the scene and Luas security and gardai attended the scene.

Investigations are ongoing into the incident.

The incident has affected her daughter's confidence Michelle said.

"We were in the village the other day and there was a girl who looked like her [the woman from the Luas]. Mia was too afraid to get out of the car," she said.

"I don't want her confidence to be ruined by this."

"I just want to make people aware that it's not safe, it's very, very scary to think something like this can happen to children on public transport," worried mum Michelle said.

"I'll never let my child on the Luas again."

"They started tormenting them in Sandyford and it continued to Bridesglen, I think a text alert where you can request security if you feel unsafe is a good idea," she said.

The worrying incident unfolded on April 12 at around 7.30pm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Shankill Garda Station.

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