Prison for thug who hurled Brent man onto the tracks in King’s Cross Station
Victim accidentally brushedpast his attacker
A TUBE passenger who threw a man on to the tracks for bumping into him has been sent to jail.
The 23-year-old victim from Brent, was forced to scramble back on to the platform after he was attacked by Martin Thorpe, 45, from Highgate, north London.
Blackfriars Crown Court head the victim had got off a Circle Line train at King’s Cross when he accidentally brushed past Thorpe in April this year.
Thorpe grabbed the man by the throat and tossing him down on to the tracks.
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He then hurled abuse at his hapless victim while he dragged himself to safety.
A British Transport Police (BTP) officer who was patrolling the station arrested Thorpe.
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Thorpe admitted attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and was sentenced to three years.
Detective Constable Martin Wilson from BTP investigated the incident, he said: “This was a shocking act of violence which was unprovoked and put somebody’s life at serious risk.
“The victim was very lucky to escape uninjured as he fell near to electrified rail.
“If he had been injured in the fall he may not have been able to pull himself from the track.
“There was CCTV evidence which showed the incident and many witnesses on the platform leaving Thorpe with no option but to plead guilty.
“Incidents like this are very rare on the Tube. This was a very dangerous act and I welcome the jail sentence handed to Thorpe.”