MK Dons fan was hit in the face on train platform, court hears

Court News.
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A man has been ordered to do 60 hours community service after assaulting a teenage MK Dons fan.

Darren Rowland, 48, of Vernon Drive, Caterham admitted assaulting the 16-year-old in an incident of football-related violence. He was also ordered to pay £250 compensation and £380 costs and has been banned from attending AFC Wimbledon matches by the club.

At a hearing at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on September 3, the court heard Rowland, an AFC Wimbledon fan, leaned out of a stationary train at MK Station on April 25 and hit the young victim in the face as he travelled home from a match in Bury.

The youngster, who was returning from MK Dons’ match against Rochdale, had been on the same train and was walking along the platform when he was attacked.

A witness took a photo of Rowland and passed it to British Transport Police officers, who met the train at Euston and arrested Rowland.

PC Aron Roden said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a young football fan who was badly shaken up by events.

“I would like to commend the victim for reporting the incident and AFC Wimbledon for taking the decision to ban Rowland from their matches. I hope this result sends out a clear message that such thuggery will not be tolerated.”

Erik Samuelson, chief executive of AFC Wimbledon, said this sort of event was rare.