Video: Callous attacker who knocked innocent commuter onto train track is jailed
Published 24/02/2012 | 10:39
A 24-year-old homeless man who knocked his victim unconscious onto a train track before robbing him has been jailed indefinitely.
Ian Tomlinson, of no fixed address, attacked and robbed men at stations in Ipswich, Diss in Norfolk and Colchester in Essex during June last year.
At Ipswich Crown Court Judge John Devaux said he was a danger to the public and must serve a minimum of five years.
He was told that Tomlinson carried out a campaign of violent robberies targeting men at railway stations over ten days in June 2011.
He followed his victim off the train at Colchester railway station shortly after midnight and threw a brick at his head knocking him unconscious on to the main line.
"The brick was thrown at close range as the man waited on the platform," the court was told.
The victim fell onto the tracks where he lay motionless as Tomlinson climbed down and stole money from his pockets.