Train passenger denies threatening surfer with knife

By Crown Court Reporter in Law

A SURFER has told of his terror at being confronted by a knife wielding passenger who was angry at being side-swiped by his board as he got off a train, writes a crown court correspondent.

Sean Monger allegedly pulled the knife as student Jay Davison loaded the board into his father’s car outside Teignmouth station.

He was upset at being hit by the board as they both got off the train from Exeter and he allegedly told Mr Davison ‘You better watch that surfboard or I will snap it in half and shove it up your a**e’.

Part of the incident was caught on CCTV at the station concourse but the footage is not clear enough to show what Monger had in his hand, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Monger, aged 49, of Maple Road, Exeter, denies making threats with a knife outside the station on Saturday, June 11 last year.

He denies carrying a knife at all and says Mr Davison and his father, who picked him up from the station, mistook a vaporiser spray or a spectacles case for a weapon.

Mr Gareth Evans, prosecuting, said Mr Davison had a bag of clothing and a surfboard, which may have come into contact with Monger as he got off the train.

Monger said something as he passed Mr Davison at the exit of the station, which he did not hear clearly because he was wearing headphones, but which another passenger told him what was said.

Mr Davison told the jury he was loading his luggage, including the boogie board, into the boot of his father’s car outside the station when he was approached by the man who had berated him earlier.

He said: ‘I heard somebody shouting and turned around and saw a man flicking a knife. He was quite close. I can’t remember what he was shouting but he was quite aggressive and was ranting.

‘I was quite worried because he was flicking the knife while approaching me and shouting. I saw a silver blade about four inches long. At one point it was about a foot-and-a-half away and he was holding it with a raised arm.

‘I was pretty scared and a bit shocked. It was scary because it was so irrational. There was no real motive. I stumbled back into the passenger seat and asked him what he was doing. I put my hands out.

‘He just walked off towards town. I did not think I had done anything to provoke such a reaction. I did not know what was going to happen. It was so unpredictable. It was definitely a blade and not an electronic cigarette or spectacles.’

The trial continues.

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