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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Man jailed after sickening attack on train passenger after waking attacker at wrong stop

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Agencies

A 24-year-old man was jailed after being sentenced for a violent and unprovoked assault on a London train in 2015.

Sam Pearce of Audley Court, Harrow was found guilty by trial at St Albans Crown Court on Friday 10 March this year. He was sentenced at the same court to one year in prison.

Shortly after 1.30am on Wednesday 17 June 2015 the victim, a 39-year-old man, was on board a Thameslink service from London St Pancras to Bedford.

The victim had fallen asleep during the journey and awoke at St Albans thinking the train had arrived at its final destination, Bedford. Seeing Pearce asleep, he nudged him awake to alert him that the train had reached Bedford where both men left the train.

Realising that the service was in fact at St Albans, both men then re-joined the service. This frustrated Pearce and he then walked through the train attempting to locate the man who woke him up.

Between St Albans and Luton Airport Parkway station, Pearce approached the victim and then began attacking him. The victim was punched multiple times to the head and then dragged onto the station platform where he was kicked in the chest.

Following a public appeal for information, Pearce contacted police and was later charged with actual bodily harm.

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