Thugs who terrrorised commuter train with baseball bats jailed

Sinead Moore
Three thugs jailed for attack at Edmonton Green station
Three thugs jailed for attack at Edmonton Green station

Three thugs have been jailed for attacking a commuter train with baseball bats and assaulting a passenger at Edmonton station in London.

Ian Young, 24, Joe Lillington, 24, and Desmond Lillington, 37, smashed their way onto a train in Edmonton using baseball bats and then chased their victim through the carriage and attacked him in an "appalling display of violence".

The three men were jailed for a total of nine and a half years in what the British Transport Police called a "truly shocking attack".

According to London24, Joe Lillington got into an altercation with another man on board a busy commuter train from Liverpool Street to Enfield Town last January.

Blackfriars Crown Court heard that Joe then called his uncle Desmond Lillington and asked him to meet him at Edmonton Green station.

When the train arrived at the station Joe pulled the emergency handle.

Desmond was waiting, armed with baseball bats.

Joe, Desmond and their accomplice Ian Young then smashed through the windows of the carriage door, climbed aboard and chased their victim through the train, terrifying passengers as they pushed them out of the way.

A 28-year-old victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries after he was beaten with bats in the attack, reports the Evening Standard.

Chief Superintendent Paul Brogden said: "This was an appalling and truly shocking attack, leaving passengers and rail staff genuinely frightened for their lives.

"Any violent crime or disorder has no place on the railway, and the sentence handed down sends a clear message to would-be criminals that they will be made to pay for their actions."

Joanne Jakymec, the deputy chief crown prosecutor for CPS London, said: "This was an appalling display of violence committed on London's transport network in the presence of hundreds of commuters.

"Londoners should be able to freely use transport networks without fear of such violence and I hope that these convictions send a message that perpetrators will be brought to justice."

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