Man to face trial accused of pushing commuter in path of Tube train

A 29-year-old man is to face trial for attempted murder next year, after allegedly pushing a man in front of a Tube train.

Alan Alencar allegedly approached his 55-year-old victim from behind, pushing him in the back with both hands as the train pulled into the platform.

Although the driver hit the brakes, Alain Lesjongard was hit and briefly trapped beneath the District Line train.

He managed to crawl out from beneath the carriage, and was taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

The defendant, who did not enter a plea in the Friday hearing, allegedly walked away after shoving Mr Lesjongard onto the tracks.

The attack took place at Bayswater Underground station in central London, on 2 November. Mr Alencar's trial will take place on 23 April.

In January, Christopher Cole was jailed after pushing a man onto the tracks in an unprovoked attack at Bond Street station.

Chilling video from the scene, which was used to track down the assailant, shows his victim tumbling onto the electrified track and quickly climbing back to the platform with the help of a crowd.

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