The father of Sam Main, 19, who was thrown off a train by a passenger because he swore at the elderly conductor who told him he did not have a valid ticket, has said that he wants the "Big Man" who threw his son off the train charged for assault.
Lenny Main, 43, father of the youth Sam Main, thrown off the Edinburgh to Perth train after a confrontation with the conductor, called for the "Big Man," identified as Alan Pollock, to be charged. Daily Express reports that Lenny said:
“This big guy has basically thrown him head first on to the platform. Sam landed on his face and has a big graze. He’s tried to get back in the carriage to get his bag. He’s diabetic and all his things were in that bag – his medication, his university notes, his money, his mobile phone and his iPod. But he’s been thrown off again. This man has to be charged and have his day in court. He had no right to do what he did.”
Digital Journal reports the boy's friends came to his defense, saying: "He paid for a ticket but the ticket was issued incorrectly at Polmont station...Sam was given the wrong ticket and it kicked off. He reacted badly, but was not dodging his fare. He’s not that kind of guy.”
The incident in the train involving Sam Main, Alan Pollock (the "Big Man") and the conductor was filmed by another passenger on the SCotRail service between Edinburgh and Perth and posted on Internet. The video has been watched by a million people.
According to Daily Express, when reporters called at the home of the "Big Man" in Stirling, his wife said he was a quiet man and did not want to talk about the incident. According to Avril Pollock, Alan's wife, “I had a look at the video and my husband doesn’t want to comment. He’s a very private person."
The Telegraph reports Alan Pollock is "horrified" at the attention the incident is getting, saying that what he had intended as a good deed is turning into a "nightmare."
According to The Telegraph, Sam Main said he had bought two singles for the to and fro journey, but was handed two in the same direction by mistake.
Main claims he was hurt when he was thrown off the train at Linlithgow station.