Andrew Kapta 41, shoved an unsuspecting commuter onto the tracks shortly before 6am at Hanwell station in west London. bThe victim, a 50-year-old man, had no time to react and fell backwards off the platform and onto the track.

He heard his attacker laughing. The man immediately got to his feet, but was unable to climb back up onto the platform. He was forced to walk the entire length of the platform.

Moments later, a train roared into the station, narrowly missing the victim.

Fortunately, the victim did not receive any long-term injuries and was able to quickly call 999 before police arrived and arrested Kapta.

At Blackfriars Crown Court this week, Kapta was jailed for 42 months after admitting ABH and endangering the safety of another person.

Investigating officer DC Martin Coburn, said: ‘This was a highly traumatising assault for the victim who continues to experience the shock of this nasty and senseless assault.

‘The consequences of Kapta’s unprovoked shove could have claimed the life of his victim. Thankfully, he was clear of the tracks before the approaching train sped through.’

He added: ‘Kapta was a dangerous and violent man and I hope this 42 month sentence gives him time to reflect on the severity of this assault.’