Luas have-a-go hero offered 'a big bag of cans' for Red Line rescue

A daughter who offered the person who saved her dad from being battered on the Luas “a big bag of cans” has been put in contact with the ...


A daughter who offered the person who saved her dad from being battered on the Luas “a big bag of cans” has been put in contact with the have-a-go hero.

On Monday, her 65-year-old father was viciously assaulted by a thug after he refused to let him sit on the seat directly beside him on the Luas Red Line in Tallaght, Dublin.

The crazed passenger roared “who the f*** do you think you are?” and punched the Dublin dad, leaving him with a black eye, while throwing coffee over him also, Dublin Live reports.

His daughter Kat said: “Dad was sitting in one of the side by side two-seaters, where the outside seat is blocked off currently because of the ongoing pandemic.

“A man got on with no mask and tried to sit beside my dad.

Kat

“When dad refused, he shouted ‘who the f*** do you think you are, I’ll sit wherever the f*** I want’ and threw his coffee in my dad’s face and punched him in the face.”

This is when the mystery man, now known as the marvellous Marius, stepped in.

The 26-year-old, who has been living in Ireland for 10 years, protected Kat’s dad fending off the dangerous thug and making sure it would be the first and last punch he got in.

He said: “The man who attacked Kat’s dad got on the Luas.

“He came to Kat’s dad trying to sit beside him. But because of the regulations of Covid, you’re not supposed to sit beside someone.

“Therefore Kat’s dad asked the man to go somewhere else to sit as the Luas was quite empty and there were plenty of seats.

“However the man did not do that and he started verbally abusing him.”

Luas hero Marius

Kat’s dad put his arm across the seat explaining that he couldn’t sit there but the angered passenger kept pushing his arm away to sit down and that’s when things turned violent.

Marius continued: “Shortly after he threw the cup of coffee on him, he started the fight and punched him. Fair play to Kat’s dad though he was able to push the man a bit away, he then fell onto me.

“He got up and continued to try and lay the punches on him, so then I stepped up and got onto the man and pushed him away from Kat’s dad and stepped in between them to stop the fight.”

Marius said the attacker tried to start on him then but he was able to easily push him away.

He continued: “Eventually the attacker took another seat and continued the verbal abuse but at that stage I was standing beside Kat’s dad to make sure he was okay and prevent any further escalation of the fight. I reported it then once I got off at my stop for work.”

Kat said Marius was a lifesaver and is happy to keep her offer of gratitude for his his help.

She added: “I knew it was a long shot to try and find him and that it would take a bit of magic.

“I’ll happily buy him that big bag of cans for helping my dad, we’re both extremely grateful for what he did.”

It is understood that Gardai are investigating this matter and are asking those who may have witnessed the attack to come forward.

A spokeswoman for Transdev, the company behind Luas, added: “We are aware of the incident and it is being investigated within Luas and by Gardai.”



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