Holloway man jailed for beating up cop on the Tube
PUBLISHED: 17:58 08 December 2010
A THUG who savagely attacked an off-duty cop on a Tube train has been jailed for 15 months.
Damien Maguire, 32, of Manger Road, off North Road, repeatedly punched the police officer on a Piccadilly line train at Caledonian Road station.
The officer had intervened in a verbal altercation between Maguire and another passenger, but ended up suffering serious cuts and bruising to his face.
Maguire fled the train after the attack - which took place at 9.45pm on July 6 last year - but police investigators circulated CCTV images of the suspect and Maguire was recognised by another officer.
He was arrested three weeks later and last week he was jailed for 15 months at Southwark Crown Court after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Police Constable Kevin Street, from British Transport Police, said; “The off-duty officer was acting in the best interests of the community.
“We had CCTV images putting Maguire at the scene of the attack and the victim picked him out at an identity parade, leaving him little option but to plead guilty.
“This was a vicious assault and Maguire was arrested three weeks later after being recognised from CCTV images.
“Violent acts like this are extremely rare on the Tube and the jail term imposed in this case serves as a reminder of the serious consequences for those who think this behaviour is acceptable.”
Howard Collins, Chief Operating Officer at London Underground, said: “We welcome the conviction of Maguire who committed an act of violence on an off-duty police officer simply trying to keep the peace.
“Although crime on the Tube network is a rare occurrence, with only 13 crimes per million passenger journeys, London Underground will always work with the BTP to ensure that people who commit such crimes will be convicted.”
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