Tube pusher to be sentenced for attack on ex-Eurotunnel boss

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Paul Crossley (BTP/PA)

A paranoid schizophrenic man who pushed a former Eurotunnel boss on to the Tube tracks will be sentenced on Wednesday.

Paul Crossley, 47, shoved 91-year-old Sir Robert Malpas on to the rails at Marble Arch station on April 27 last year.

Sir Robert, who was heading to Oxford Circus after a pensioners’ lunch, was rescued by teacher Riyad El Hussani, who leapt from the platform just one minute before the next train was due to arrive.

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CCTV of Sir Robert Malpas being pushed on to the tracks of Marble Arch Underground station by Paul Crossley (British Transport Police/PA)

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

Crossley, who has paranoid schizophrenia, was chased and detained by members of the public.

The shocking incident was caught on CCTV footage, which was played at Crossley’s trial last year.

Earlier, another passenger Tobias French, managed to keep his balance when he was pushed by Crossley as a train pulled in to Tottenham Court Road station.

Crossley, of Leyton, east London, had said he picked his victims at random and did not mean to kill them.

He told jurors he had taken crack cocaine the previous day and began feeling paranoid as he made his way to the West End to get coffee.

Jurors rejected his defence and found him guilty of two charges of attempted murder.

Judge Nicholas Hilliard, QC, will sentence Crossley at the Old Bailey.

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