A man has been condemned of attempted murder after he attempted to kill Robert Malpas, the former boss of Eurotunnel, by pushing him onto the Tube tracks.
Today, Paul Crossley, a forty-six-year-old from Leyton High Road, East London, was found guilty of attempted murder. Apparently, he pushed Malpas onto the train tracks at Marble Arch station last April 2018. He was also found guilty on the same charge after he attempted to push a Tobias French, a 23-year-old man, onto train tracks at the Tottenham Court Road station.
A graphic CCTV footage showed some members of the public rushing to help Malpas after Crossley pushed him into the path of an incoming Central Line train. Malpas had a severe head injury that needed 12 stitches and various fractures to his pelvis.
The incident occurred after Crossley had attempted to push French onto the train tracks at Tottenham Court Road.
Riyad El Hassani, a member of the public was praised for rushing on to the track in order to save Malpas a minute before the next train arrived.
On being arrested, Crossley informed the officers of the British Transport Police (BTP) that he “didn’t get much sleep last night.”
Crossley said that he was not guilty to both offences. He is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date.
Darren Gough, a senior investigating officer detective inspector, stated: “This was a particularly shocking incident and the victims, in this case, were extremely lucky. We could have easily been dealing with a double murder investigation had it not been for the brave actions of the public who stepped in and restrained Mr. Crossley, and assisted the victims.”
He added: “I would like to remind the public that this type of incident is very rare and millions of journeys are made across the Underground without incident.”
He continued: “We thankfully police a CCTV-rich environment and this evidence has proved invaluable in bringing Crossley to justice. I am pleased that the jury saw fit to find him guilty of two counts of attempted murder.”
The director of compliance, policing and on-street services at Transport for London, Siwan Hayward, stated: “We welcome Crossley’s conviction for this truly shocking and dangerous attack. The safety of our customers is paramount and we have worked with the police to bring the perpetrator to justice. Such incidents are thankfully extremely rare and we always support the strongest possible action against anyone who endangers our customers.”