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Man jailed for shoving tube passenger onto tracks at Baron's Court - London Underground

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A man has been jailed for three years after pushing a man onto the tracks at Baron’s Court station on the London Underground.

CCTV footage showed Mathuram Mathuraja running at the victim and shoving him in the back – the man narrowly missed a live rail and was knocked unconscious. 

Bystanders risked their own lives by jumping onto the tracks and pulling the injured man back onto the platform.

A train was due to arrive two minutes later but was held outside the station.

The incident happened at 11.15pm on Sunday 28 October last year.

The victim, a man in his thirties, suffered an injured shoulder and minor burns, he was treated by paramedics. 

Mathuraja, of Brick Lane in Northolt, Ealing, was arrested at the scene.

The court heard the 23-year-old had been at a party with the victim; although the two were relatively unknown to each other.

When the party ended, both men, along with other revellers, took a tube to Baron’s Court with the intention of going to a nightclub.

Along the way there was a confrontation between Mathuraja and the rest of the group; it spilled onto the platform at Baron’s Court and ended with Mathuraja shoving the victim onto the tracks.

He was found guilty of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent at The Old Bailey in London on Wednesday 24 July. 

He was sentenced the same day to three years in prison. 

British Transport Police investigating officer, DC Mark Luker said: “Mathuraja clearly had no thought for consequences of his actions; the possibility of the attack killing the victim, or how seriously we take such incidents. It is very fortunate that no greater harm came to the victim in this case. 

“It’s important to note such crimes are very rare on the rail network. On the few occasions they do happen it’s largely due to the attacker’s ignorance of the dangers of live rail tracks rather than an intention to kill. Officers were very quickly on scene and ensured that the defendant was swiftly arrested – we welcome this custodial sentence.” 

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