A 29-year-old man has today been given to a hospital order after he pushed a man in front of an approaching train in London.
Alan Alencar, of Northcote Street in Edinburgh, was at Bayswater underground station at around 5pm on Thursday November 2 last year.
CCTV showed him sitting on a bench and watching a man approach an oncoming District Line train to board. Alencar approached the man and, without warning, pushed him with both hands onto the track.
The train ran over the spot where the man was lying but he survived with injuries to his ankle which required surgery, and a number of other injuries.
Alencar was arrested a short while later in the entrance hall to the station. He was charged on November 3 and pleaded guilty to attempted murder at the Old Bailey. Today (March 12), the judge at the Old Bailey handed Alencar a hospital order under the Mental Health Act.
Investigating officer Detective Inspector Ian Trantum, said: “Without any provocation, Alencar approached his victim and pushed him violently onto the tracks. It was a shocking display of senseless violence, which could have killed his victim.
“Miraculously, the victim survived the incident, but sustained a serious injury. There is no doubt this could have been much worse.
“After pushing his victim onto the tracks, Alencar then loitered around station concourse, calmly stood in the ticket hall as if nothing had happened. Officers were very quickly on scene where members of staff identified him as the pusher, he was arrested.
“Thankfully incidents of this nature are extremely rare on the rail network and we will always work tirelessly to bring offenders to justice.”
Siwan Hayward, TfL’s Head of Transport Policing, said: "This attack was truly shocking and dangerous and we have worked with the police to investigate this case. Such incidents are very rare and we always support the appropriate action to protect our customers and staff.”