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Man Beats Fellow Train Passenger Who Woke Him For Stop

| by Michael Allen

Surveillance video shows a man attacking a fellow passenger on a train in the UK for accidentally waking him up at the wrong stop on June 17, 2015.

Sam Pearce and Benjamin Kerr had both fallen asleep in the train, but Kerr woke up when the train was at the St. Albans station, notes Metro News.

Thinking St. Albans was the train's last stop, Kerr woke Pearce up at about 1:30 a.m.

The two men got off the train, but soon realized it was not the final stop. They got back on the train, and that is when Pearce attacked Kerr.

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In the video, the 24-year-old attacker is seen wrestling the 39-year-old victim to the floor of the train, where he kicks and punches him multiple times.

Pearce is seen pushing Kerr out onto the train platform, however, Kerr makes it back on the train, where Pearce continues his attack.

Then, both men tumble out of the train. Pearce lands a punch on Kerr and gets back on the train.

On March 13, a jury found Pearce guilty of assaulting and causing actual bodily harm to Kerr, reported the Harrow Times.

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Pearce claimed he was acting in self-defense, but the jury took only about an hour to convict him.

Judge Andrew Bright told Pearce: "I take a very serious view of what you did. The jury rejected your explanation and didn't take long to do that."

Kerr told the court that Pearce attacked him for doing a "good deed," and that he thought the train had reached Bedford Station, which was the "end of the line."

Pearce was sentenced to one year in jail on March 17, reports the Evening Standard.

Sgt. Stephen Bartlett had some choice words after Pearce was sentenced in court:

Pearce displayed overwhelming levels of aggression during this unprovoked and vicious assault. His defense was that he was getting back at the victim for making him look stupid.

This is a totally unreasonable claim and he should be ashamed for his callous and reckless actions. The victim was simply trying to help Pearce by making sure he left the train at the final stop.

He was apologetic for his mistake and was not expecting the violence that came next. As you can imagine this was an utterly terrifying experience for the victim who was left shaking on the platform. He thankfully sustained no long term injuries as a result of this assault.

Sources: Evening Standard, Metro News, Harrow Times / Photo Credit: Jeremy Segrott/Flickr

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