Student ‘Gwant’ Sam Main
The ‘fare-dodging’ student who was manhandled off a train by a fellow passenger has defended his actions and claimed he was the victim in a video which has become a YouTube hit.
Footage of the teenage troublemaker being thrown off a train by a fed-up fellow traveller on the ScotRail service between Edinburgh and Perth has become a viral hit after being uploaded to You Tube.
It begins when a conductor is told the teenager doesn’t have a ticket and tells the driver of the train to stop until the youngster gets off.
When the youth refuses a shouting match ensues until a passenger, later referred to as ‘the big man’ leaps to his feet and frogmarches him off the train – and keeps pushing him off when he repeatedly tries to re-board the service.
A two-and-a-half minute video clip – ‘Scotrail No Ticket’ – was posted three days ago and has already been viewed almost 200,000 times.
But the 19-year-old student, from Falkirk, has since insisted he was in the right after being tracked down at his home by a local newspaper.
He said last night: ‘I had been out celebrating after an exam and I was half asleep on the train.
‘I did have a ticket but I must have handed over the wrong one to the conductor. The next thing I know this big guy is manhandling me to the door and throwing me off.
University student Sam Main, who is studying surveying, added: ‘I couldn’t believe it when the footage turned up on YouTube.’
He said he still has cuts and bruises over his cheeks (pictured above) and legs.
In the clip, the white-haired ScotRail worker tells the youth: ‘I’ll sit here all night pal. I’m getting paid for this but they (the passengers) will start moaning.’