27 March 2024

Bail denied for pair accused of alleged terrifying incident on train at Wagga

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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A Queensland man and a Sydney woman were denied bail by Wagga Wagga Local Court over charges related to affray on a train in Wagga Wagga. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

A man and a woman will remain in custody after they allegedly abused and threatened staff and passengers on a train at Wagga Wagga.

Yarran Minehan, 27, and Bethany Handler, 35, fronted Wagga Wagga Local Court via audiovisual link on 22 March. Both made no applications for bail, which was formally refused by the court.

Minehan was charged with affray, common assault and having custody of a knife in a public place, while Handler was charged with possessing/using a prohibited weapon without a permit, affray and having custody of a knife in a public place.

Court documents revealed both ”did unlawful violence towards each other by conduct such that a person of reasonable firmness if present at the scene would have feared for their safety”.

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Police said Riverina Police District officers were called to Wagga Wagga train station about 12:30 pm on Thursday (21 March) following reports a man and a woman allegedly abused and threatened staff and passengers on a train.

Two staff members and several passengers, including elderly people and small children, witnessed the incident but, while distressed, were not injured.

Police arrested the accused pair, who were passengers on a train travelling between Melbourne and Sydney, and further allege a folding utility knife and electronic stun device were taken from Handler, while a pair of scissors was allegedly taken from Minehan.

The pair was initially taken to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital for assessment and treatment of minor stab wounds before being released into police custody and taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station.

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