Woman pleads guilty to pushing friend off bridge

26/04/2013

A woman who pushed her friend off a railway bridge at the Malvern Link railway station has today pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to attempted murder.

Victoria Dickinson, aged 28, who was seven months pregnant at the time of the offence, had been drinking with the victim in Malvern Link on 14 November 2012 when she pushed the victim off the railway bridge. The victim survived the fall but sustained serious injuries.

David Elliott, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Victoria Dickinson's actions that evening in November were both callous and deliberate. She was fully aware that the victim was vulnerable and upset and was looking for help, but instead of seeking out care and assistance for her she instead tried to assist in killing her.

"The victim survived the fall, but she sustained multiple injuries. It was only the quick thinking and bravery of members of the public who ran to her aide and pulled her off the railway tracks as a train approached that saved her life.

"Rather than call for help, the defendant then fled the scene. She would be later arrested at her home.

"Dickinson took advantage of a victim who was crying out for help, but instead of helping her, she pushed her off a railway bridge.

"There are many support groups for vulnerable people and I would urge anybody who requires help to contact your local support help group as soon as possible."

Dickson will be sentenced next month.