CCTV released by the British Transport Police shows the shocking moment when 32-year-old Christopher Cole pushes a man onto the tracks on the London Underground .
The 21-year-old is stood on the platform when Cole can be seen to violently push him onto the Tube tracks.
Today, January 27, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The terrifying incident happened on June 9 last year when the 21-year-old victim was travelling on the Central line from Ealing Broadway towards Bond Street.
During the journey, Cole approached the 21-year-old and pushed him for no reason.
The victim then struggled with Cole and placed him on a seat, with the help of another passenger.
Upon arriving at Bond Street Station, the victim left the train and headed towards a Jubilee line platform, it was at this point that Cole forcibly pushed him onto the tracks, where he fell onto the electrified rail.
Luckily, the victim was able to climb back onto the platform, from which he was taken to hospital for treatment.
Following an investigation by the British Transport Police , Cole was arrested by officers on July 6 and was later charged.
The attack "could have easily killed him"
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Paul Langley said: “There is absolutely no reason why Cole unleashed such an attack against his victim, which could have easily killed him.
“Despite Cole running away from the scene, our team of detectives were able to track him down thanks to the extensive CCTV on the underground network.
"During interview, Cole admitted that he pushed the victim because he was “annoyed with him”.
"This is utterly unacceptable and, as in this case, we will work tirelessly to ensure the toughest sentences are handed to offenders.
“As you would imagine, this has been an horrific experience for the victim.
"His life was in immediate danger when Cole pushed him onto the tracks and he was extremely lucky to have escaped without any permanent physical injury. "
TfL’s Head of Transport Policing, Siwan Hayward said: "This attack was truly shocking and dangerous and we have worked with the police to bring the perpetrator to justice.
"Such incidents are thankfully extremely rare and we always support the strongest possible action against the small minority who endanger our customers.”
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