Police Release Shocking Video Showing Man Being Shoved Onto Tube Tracks
23-year-old Mathuram Muthuraja was jailed for three years after he shoved Harsha Jayasekera off the railway platform at Barons Court Station in Kensington as a train approached on 28 October 2018.
The 38-year-old victim was standing talking to his wife when he was violently pushed by Muthuraja. Jayasekera was knocked unconscious by the fall, but was thankfully pulled to safety by another man.
A jury at the Old Bailey heard that Muthuraja - a trainee accountant - had been drinking at a family party and was heading on to a nightclub at Leicester Square at the time of the incident.
He denied intending to harm Mr Jayasekera, but the jury found him guilty of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.
Judge Heather Norton QC said that it was only through 'good fortune' that Mr Jayasekera wasn't badly hurt and that the consequences of his drunken actions could have been 'horrific'.
She said: "On October 28 last year, you were part of a group of people who were travelling by Tube from Park Royal, where there had been a family party which you had been invited to, to central London where the party was set to continue at a nightclub.
"You were acting inappropriately to other party guests.
"When the train arrived at Barons Court it was decided by other guests that all should get off.
"From then on in, the events that took place on the platform at Barons Court were recorded on CCTV.
"You are shown to be clearly aggressive, trying to remove your shirt and in my view, spoiling for a fight."
The judge continued: "Others sought to restrain you, but rather than calming down you broke free, ran along the platform and you, with great and deliberate force, picked on another party guest who had been simply standing talking to his wife.
"You pushed him off the platform onto the tracks. A train was shortly due in at the station.
"It was sheer good fortune that the man that you pushed onto those tracks only suffered minor injuries given that push was unexpected and the force with which you pushed him.
"Given the fact he was knocked unconscious by the fall, it is a mercy he was not badly injured.
"Had he fallen on a live track or the train had not been able to stop in time, the consequences would have been horrific."
She went on to say that his drunkenness was 'no excuse' and commended the actions of another man who jumped onto the tracks to pull the unconscious Mr Jayasekera to safety.
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