Man accused of passing through Remutaka rail tunnel keeps name under wraps for now
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A man accused of passing through the Remutaka tunnel has been provisionally banned from his name. The tunnel is 8.93 kilometers long, has no trails, and at an average pace it would take a person almost two hours to walk.
A man accused of passing through New Zealand’s longest suburban train tunnel, causing a call to emergency services and causing delays on passenger trains, will keep his name a secret, for the time being.
The 30-year-old from Upper Hutt has been accused of showing a reckless disregard for his safety by interfering with a transportation facility, behaving disorderly on a train and resisting police on his arrest after the alleged incident last week at the Remutaka rail tunnel north of Wellington.
He appeared in Hutt Valley District Court on Tuesday but did not plead.
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The man’s duty counsel requested that the name be provisionally deleted on his behalf, which Thing opposite.
Judge Christopher Tuohy refused the name removal request, saying that the public interest in the case was high and that he was not convinced by the attorney’s argument that the daughter of the 6-year-old male would suffer mental harm if the defendant were identified.
However, the lawyer said she would appeal the decision, which means the accused cannot be named at this time.
The defendant’s lawyer now has 20 working days to appeal.
Judge Tuohy said if that meant the man’s name had to be removed, pending a new court order, under the Criminal Procedure Act, it seemed “ridiculous”, given that the case would be heard again in less than 20 working hours. days.
The defendant will appear in court again in two weeks.
He has meanwhile been remanded in custody at his home.
The case arose after police were called to the train tracks in Featherston around 5:30 p.m. on April 27. The man was arrested as he exited the Upper Hutt side of the tunnel shortly after 9 p.m.
The 6:18 pm train on the Wairarapa line from Upper Hutt to Masterton had to return to Upper Hutt and was replaced with a bus service due to man on the tracks.
At the time, KiwiRail spokesperson Paul Ashton said the tunnel was closed for about 2.5 hours.
Ashton has warned the public to stay out of the rail corridor.
“It is dangerous to walk on railroad tracks, bridges or in tunnels. If a train is coming, there are no trails and often nowhere to go. “
The Remutaka Tunnel opened in 1955 and is New Zealand’s longest tunnel with regular passenger train traffic.
The tunnel is 8.93 kilometers long and at an average pace it would take almost two hours for a person to walk it.