Blind and deaf man pushed onto train tracks and punched trying to escape

Blind and deaf man pushed onto train tracks and punched trying to escape

Police in England have released shocking CCTV footage of a man pushing a blind and deaf man onto train tracks.

The British Transport Police (BTP) video shows the blind and deaf man being pushed off the platform at a train station in Essex and then punched as he tries to climb off the tracks.

Police said the man's brother was also thrown on to the track during the "appalling" incident in which the brothers "could have been killed".

Daniel Webster, 23, of Colchester Road, Coggleshall, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and actual bodily harm against both victims, while Niall Martin, 24, of Speedwell Road, Colchester, pleaded guilty to ABH against one of the men.

The two men have been jailed for 22 months and nine months respectively, BTP said.

Both victims were taken to hospital, where the 31-year-old old man had surgery on a fractured foot.

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.

"I would like to pay tribute to the victims, who have shown great dignity following what was a terrifying ordeal for them."

The two men were sentenced on Wednesday, police said.

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