Man found & jailed thanks to CCTV after pushing victim onto London Tube track
CCTV footage shows the man pushing the victim off the platform and onto the track
A man who was traced after CCTV footage showed him pushing another man onto the tracks of a central London station, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Christopher Cole, aged 32, from Queensdale Crescent, London, pushed the 21-year-old victim onto the electrified rail tracks at Bond Street station and then fled the scene but was caught by CCTV cameras, which led the police to him a month after the incident took place.
In the CCTV footage, the victim is seen falling back onto the rail tracks. He manages to pull himself back up onto the platform and is taken to hospital, luckily suffering from no serious injuries as a result of the attack.
At the Old Bailey, Cole pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to 10 years in jail.
The incident occurred on Thursday, 9 June 2016. The victim was travelling on a rail service towards Bond Street and whilst on the train Cole pushed the victim, who had done nothing to provoke Cole. The two men grappled with each other but the victim, along with the help of another passenger, managed to get Cole into a seat.
But moments later when the victim got off the train, Cole followed him and pushed him onto the electrified rail tracks. Cole fled the scene but was caught on CCTV and arrested around a month after the incident took place.
Whilst being interview, Cole admitted to pushing the victim because he was “annoyed with him”.
After sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Langley said: “The victim was extremely lucky to have escaped without any permanent physical injury.”
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