The son of a millionaire retailer was ordered to pay solely £300 after causing train chaos by operating throughout the tracks on a student night out.
Dylan Morris, 22, sparked a panic when he darted off a platform at Cardiff station, and police had been referred to as out over fears he had been struck by a train.
Emergency providers had been put on alert and all train providers by means of the station had been halted following the incident on June 8, Wimbledon magistrates’ court docket heard. But when police discovered Morris caught in a trackside bramble bush, he advised officers it had been an ill-judged try to take a shortcut again to his student house.
Morris is the son of John Morris, a trustee of the British Independent Retailers Association and the managing director of division retailer enterprise Tudor Williams. The businessman was in court docket this week to help his son, who spent two nights in custody after being arrested on Saturday on the household’s £2.5 million house in Kingston.
Prosecutor Laura Strachan Taylor mentioned the incident occurred at about 8.30pm and police had been “told someone had been struck by a train”.
She added: “Upon investigation, the Pc saw Mr Morris in a hedge; he had not been struck by a train. All train services had been stopped, preventing them from entering or exiting the station.”
Ms Strachan Taylor mentioned the train operator was fined £5,995 for the disruption, and requested that Morris be ordered to pay the identical in compensation. However, magistrates ordered him to pay solely £300 as he shouldn’t be working and has not but been accepted into the Army.
The court docket additionally heard that Morris is coaching along with his brother to compete in an ironman contest for charity.
He pleaded guilty to obstructing an engine utilizing the railway by an illegal act, and was given a 12-month conditional discharge.