A man who punched and assaulted a passenger on an early morning Victoria Line train has been handed a six and a half year prison sentence.

Alexander Oulton, aged 28 and of Drayford Close, London appeared at Blackfriars Crown Court on 8 August where he was sentenced. He had previously pleaded guilty at a previous hearing.

Shortly before 6.15am on 7 October, Oulton had entered Oxford Street station with a man and a woman who he had previously met at a club in Mayfair.

The couple had decided to head home and were joined by Oulton who was heading to the Vauxhall area of London.

During the journey, the defendant became increasingly agitated, pacing up and down the Tube carriage. As the train approached Vauxhall station, Oulton had a violent outburst. He approached the man he had travelled with and punched him a number of times.

Another passenger intervened but Oulton continued his violent attack, punching the victim further before kicking him in the face.

Oulton then left the train at Vauxhall station.

Following enquiries from BTP, Oulton was arrested and later charged with GBH, an offence he admitted in court.

Investigating officer Det Con Richard Osborn from BTP, said: “Oulton unleashed a vicious and sustained attack on his victim, which was completely unprovoked. His behaviour was disgraceful and I am pleased the judge handed him a prison sentence.

“There is no place for this kind of behaviour and so we will always work tirelessly to ensure that justice is served. This was a savage assault leaving the victim with a number of facial injuries, thankfully none which were considered to be serious.”

Steve Burton, Director of Compliance and Policing at Transport for London, said: “This violent attack was appalling. Everyone has the right to go about their day without fear or intimidation and we do not tolerate any form of verbal or physical assault on our customers or staff. We have worked closely with British Transport Police to bring Oulton to justice.”

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