A man who violently attacked three Tube passengers with a hammer “because he was stressed” has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Jamal Walker, 19, of Elizabeth Way, Harlow boarded a Victoria line train in October 2020 and launched an attack on two men, hitting one repeatedly over the head with a hammer before leaving the train and assaulting a third victim.
Asked to justify his actions in a police interview, the teenager said he had been “stressed” throughout the day.
Detective Inspector Gary Pinner said the attack, which left one victim with a fractured skull, was “one of the most shocking and senseless” acts of violence he had come across in this entire career.
Walker was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday (June 22) after pleading guilty to Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) with intent as well as Grievous Bodily Harm without intent, attempted Grievous Bodily Harm with intent, and possession of an offensive weapon.
The court was told Walker boarded the Southbound Victoria line train at Walthamstow Central and as the train left Tottenham Hale.
The 19-year-old then stood up, bag in hand, and began circling the hand pole in the middle of the train before revealing the weapon.
He then launched a vicious assault on two men aboard the train, striking one in the head repeatedly while attempting to hit the other.
After the attacks, Walker left the train at Seven Sisters and began assaulting a third passenger who was waiting to board the train. He then returned to the train and chased his first two victims through the carriage.
As horrified passengers rushed to escape the carriage, Walker left the station, discarding the hammer and a screwdriver.
Walker’s first victim was left with lacerations and a fractured skull and spent 10 days in hospital as a result. The third victim also received hospital treatment for a head wound, while the second did not require hospital treatment.
Forensics identified Walker through a carton of apple juice that had been left on the train and the discarded weapons. He was later arrested at his home.
Detective Inspector Gary Pinner said: “This was one of the most shocking and senseless acts of violence I have come across in my entire career, and it was inflicted on three innocent men without any provocation.
“Walker is clearly an incredibly dangerous individual, and it is only through luck that his victims weren’t more seriously injured.
“While this was a truly horrifying experience for them, I’d like to reassure the public that incidents like this are thankfully extremely rare on the railway network.
“We are also lucky to police a CCTV rich environment which captured the incident in its entirety and proved invaluable in helping to bring Walker to justice. I am relieved to know he’ll now be spending the foreseeable future behind bars.”
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