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Man who slapped train attendant faces 8 months in prison

As the accused did not appear at his trial, so risks a conviction in absentia. Credit: © Belga

A man accused of slapping a train attendant in Brussels should see up to eight months in prison, according to calls from the Brussels Public Prosecutor’s Office at the trial on Tuesday.

The events took place on 28 September 2017 at Brussels North Station when a man attempted to board a train but was told he could not, reports BX1. The train was at the platform, ready to go, when a man ran in and tried to get on board.

When the attendant told him that he could not access the train, he slapped her in the face. A police officer in the vicinity responded and subdued the aggressive traveller. The victim was off work for four days following the attack.

The man, who had previously been convicted for acts of violence, was prosecuted on Tuesday.

The judgment will be delivered on 5 December. As the accused did not appear at his trial, he risks being convicted in absentia.

Jules Johnston
The Brussels Times