Romanian pushed woman onto railway line.

Posted: March 4, 2010 in British jobs for British workers, Law & Disorder

A Romanian carpenter who pushed a woman onto a railway line after she complained about him smoking has been jailed for only four years.

IlieIonel Rapisca was originally refused asylum in the UK but then became a naturalised British citizen after Romania’s entry into the European Union. Aren’t we the lucky ones?

Judge Charles Macdonald QC told Ionel Rapisca: “This is a very grave crime. You could easily have killed the victim. As it is, her career is over and she has to endure psychiatric illness.”
Yet Rapisca was acquitted of the more serious charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Linda Buchanan, mother-of-three, 59, narrowly missed a live 750-volt rail as she hit the track at Farningham Road station on August 6, 2008, shortly before a non-stop train was due to hurtle through.

She told Maidstone Crown Court she looked up to see Rapisca laughing as she lay injured with a broken wrist. He then jumped down on the track and she said: “I thought he was going to finish me off.”

Rapisca was convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Linda Buchanan by a jury of seven men and five women.

After sentencing, Linda’s daughter Helene Buchanan-Dunne, 39, said: “My mum has had to wait 18 months to have some kind of conclusion to this. We could have been going to a funeral it was that serious.”

Det Ch Insp Gareth Williams, investigating officer from British Transport Police (BTP), said: “This was an appalling act of violence on a woman who was simply intending to catch an early morning commuter train to London.”


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