A crack cocaine addict who pushed a 91-year-old man onto the tracks of London's Tube moments after attempting to kill another traveller has been jailed for life.
Paul Crossley shoved Sir Robert Malpas onto the rails at Marble Arch station last year. Minutes before he tried to do the same to another commuter at Tottenham Court Road station.
Crossley, 47, who suffers paranoid schizophrenia, was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder and will serve a minimum of 12 years, reports the BBC.
London's Old Bailey court heard Crossley had not taken his medication on the day of the attacks but had used $1000 of crack cocaine the previous day.
VICTIM FOUGHT BACK
In the first attack on April 27, 2018, Crossley tried to push Tobias French on the tracks as he walked onto the station platform. But Mr French was able to fight his attacker off.
He told the court his background as a professional sportsman helped him maintain his balance in the struggle.
Judge Nicholas Hilliard said CCTV footage of the attack had been 'terrifying to watch' and Crossley fled, before targeting Malpas -a more 'vulnerable victim'.
After being pushed onto the tracks, Malpas, a retired industrialist, was saved by Riyad El Hussani, who jumped down from the platform and pulled him away before a train arrived.
The 91-year-old, a former chairman of Eurotunnel – the UK to France rail link, suffered a fractured pelvis and a head injury.
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