The moment a deafblind man is pushed onto tracks at Chelmsford railway station

Monday 27 October

This is the moment a registered blind man was shoved onto the tracks during a violent confrontation at Chelmsford railway station.

The CCTV footage, released by the British Transport Police shows Daniel Webster, 23, attack and then push the 31-year-old victim, who is also registered deaf, onto the tracks:

Webster, from Colchester Road in Coggeshall, then appears to punch out at his victim as he attempts to climb back to the platform during the incident on February 20 this year.

A passer-by, who is not involved in the confrontation, tries to intervene as Webster lashes out once again.

Webster was jailed on Wednesday after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm and actual bodily harm against the registered blind man, and his brother, who is not seen in the footage but who was also thrown to the tracks.

Both victims were rushed to hospital. The registered blind victim suffered a fractured foot.

Niall Martin, 24, of Speedwell Road, Colchester, pleaded guilty to ABH against one of the men and was jailed for nine months. He was released this week after serving time on remand.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Alan Reed said, “This is one of the most appalling incidents I have investigated.

“Webster and Martin showed a savage disregard for their victims, and one of the brothers is still suffering from the injuries sustained to his foot.

“It is no exaggeration to say the brothers could have been killed after being thrown onto the tracks.

Commenting on the incident, Richard Kramer, deputy chief executive of Sense, said, “This was a shocking incident and we are appalled that a person with both sight and hearing loss was attacked in this way because of his disability. It is right and proper that the two men have now been brought to justice.

“We know that disabled people may well experience abuse, intimidation or assault. Recent Home Office statistics revealed that there were more than 1,8000 reports of disability hate crime in 2012-3. Such attacks can have a major impact on people’s lives and more needs to be done to tackle hate crime against disabled people.”

Article source: Essex Chronicle

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