A 29-year-old man has admitted trying to murder a commuter by pushing him into the path of a Tube train.
Alain Lesjongard, 55, suffered serious injuries after he was pushed into the path of an oncoming District Line train by Alan Alencar in November last year.
Despite the driver applying the brakes, the train travelled three quarters of the way down the platform at Bayswater Underground Station.
Mr Lesjongard, who was on his way back from a job interview, fell between the tracks and curled up into the foetal position allowing the train to pass over him.
He managed to crawl out from underneath the carriage and was taken to hospital suffering from a broken ankle and lacerations to the neck and shoulders.
During a hearing on Friday Alencar, of Northcote Street, Edinburgh, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder.
The Old Bailey heard that he had approached a stranger from behind and shoved him in the back with both hands as the tube train pulled into the platform at around 5pm. He then walked away after the incident, which was captured on CCTV.
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At the time of the attack Alencar was on “temporary discharge from a facility where he was detained in Edinburgh”, and had been to visit his mother who was also being treated in a psychiatric unit, said Andrew Forsyth, defending.
He added that his client sent his “heartfelt apologies” to Mr Lesjongard and his family.
Alencar will be sentenced on March 9 after a psychiatric assessment.
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