August 23 2014 Latest news:
Emma Bartholomew, Senior Reporter
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Shocking footage depicting the moment a man was kicked through the top window of a double-decker bus in Finsbury Park aired in a BBC Two documentary about how police investigate bus crime.
The 43-year old was kicked so many times the top deck window broke and he fell onto the pavement below, as the bus 254 bus drove past Finsbury Park.
The victim was seriously injured and is now paralysed from the waist down.
CCTV footage filmed by another bus showed the suspect jump through the broken window and make off along Seven Sisters Road following the incident on December 27 2012.
On Sunday night the BBC Two programme, The Route Masters: Running London’s Roads, showed how police traced a suspect.
A 38-year old man was arrested five days after the incident but was acquitted of grievous bodily harm with intent at Wood Green Court last August.
The victim’s sister, named on the programme as Gillian, told the BBC that she is still finding it hard to believe that someone injured my brother in that way.
She said: “At the moment they can’t pinpoint a time on his recovery due to the fact that his back was so badly broken and his spinal chord was damaged.
“He needs to recover from his broken back before we even know if he’s able to walk again.
“I don’t know how one human being can do that.”
Detective Constable Tony Barun told the programme makers: “ Although we see violence every day, it’s our bread and butter, it’s still shocking to see something as graphic and violent as this.
“We know these windows can be kicked out with a great deal of effort, but to see someone kicked so hard that he actually goes through the window and it pops the window out of its frame - I’ve never seen that before.”
Last year more than 20,000 crimes were reported on London’s buses.