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Paul Crossley: Schizophrenic who pushed man, 91, on to Underground tracks jailed for life | UK News



A paranoid schizophrenic who pushed a former Eurotunnel boss, 91, on to Tube tracks has been jailed for life.

Paul Crossley, 47, will serve a minimum of 12 years after shoving Sir Robert Malpas on to the rails at Marble Arch station on 27 April 2018.

The industrialist, who was knighted by the Queen in 1998, suffered a broken pelvis and a cut to the head which needed 12 stitches.

He was heading to Oxford Circus after a pensioners’ lunch when he was attacked.

Sir Robert was saved by teacher Riyad El Hussani, who leapt from the platform just one minute before the next train was due to arrive.

Crossley was chased and detained by members of the public and the incident was captured on CCTV, which was played at his trial last year.

He told jurors he picked his victims at random and did not mean to kill them and that he had taken £600 worth of crack cocaine the day before.

A judge said Mr Hussani acted with “great bravery and no regard at all for his safety”.

The defendant was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder after attacking another man on the Tube earlier that day – at Tottenham Court Road station.

Tobias French, a professional sportsman, managed to keep his balance as a train was pulling in.

Crossley also tried to push Tobias French onto tracks but Mr French fought him off

Tube attacker’s failed attempt to push man on tracks

Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said Crossley, from Leyton, east London, poses a “grave and enduring risk to the public”.

He will initially serve his jail term in hospital until he is deemed suitable for prison.

As he sentenced him, Judge Hilliard said: “You pushed Mr French first of all knowing very clearly that was wrong, and then you tried to make yourself harder to identify with your hood.

“The moment you saw Sir Robert you went for him. I’m satisfied that paranoid schizophrenia was not the driving force here – it was drug abuse and its consequences.”

He added: “It’s an aggravating feature that you attacked Sir Robert because of his age.”

Before being sentenced, Crossley also admitted being in breach of a 10-month suspended jail sentence imposed at Snaresbrook Crown Court in January 2018.

He avoided jail after being convicted of a sexual assault on a community nurse, racially aggravated harassment of a care worker and possession of a knife in public.

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