Man who pushed commuter in front of a train given indefinite hospital order

13/05/2016

A man who pleaded guilty to pushing a commuter off an underground platform and in front of an oncoming train has today been given an indefinite hospital order.

On 2 December 2015 at around 11:40am, the victim was standing on platform two at Kentish Town Underground Station. Behind him stood 29-year-old Devindra Ferguson who had just disembarked a northbound train at the station.

As the southbound train entered the station and was travelling alongside the platform, the defendant pushed the victim into the path of the oncoming train.

The victim struck the front of the train and fell onto the tracks and under the train, sustaining severe injuries.

The defendant remained at the station for a few moments and then he made his way to platform 1 and took the northbound train to Archway Station.

Paramedics treated the victim at the station before they transferred him to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington where he was treated for his injuries.

That evening, Ferguson visited Lewisham Police Station and handed himself in.

He later pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court

Heath Westerman, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"We are still unclear what the motive behind this crime was, but Devindra Ferguson's actions that day was to cause the victim maximum harm and distress.

"As the train approached the platform, the defendant positioned himself behind the victim and with full force he pushed the victim in front of the train. He then made his escape before he handed himself into the police."