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Briton Charged After Woman Thrown From Train

December 12, 1986

PARIS (AP) _ A British man who was turned down for the French Foreign Legion has been charged with throwing a woman off a moving train when she rejected his advances, a court official said Friday.

The woman was traveling with her 2-year-old son.

The secretary to the investigating judge who charged Stephen Coates, 23, and an unidentified French companion at Avignon in southern France would not give the judge’s name and said the magistrate refused to reveal the exact charges. Under French law, charges need not be made public.

Details of the incident were made known by police sources in Lyon, who spoke on condition of anonymity and gave this account:

Nadine Dauber, 23, was found beside the tracks, seriously injured, near the Rhone Valley town of Montfavet shortly after midnight Wednesday. Hospital officials said her life was not in danger.

Her son was discovered in the train compartment two hours later by police in Lyon. The train made an unscheduled stop there after Montfavet police reported the attack and relayed Mrs. Dauber’s description of the attacker.

Police said Coates and his companion had been turned down for the Foreign Legion at its headquarters in Avignon.

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