Commuter faces jail for elbowing woman in face on crowded rush hour Tube

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A commuter who elbowed a woman in the face as they jostled for the Tube doors broke down and sobbed as he was told he could face jail for the attack. 

Robert Bucknor-Smartt, 38, admitted he “saw a red mist” when he swung at Karen Daley during morning rush hour at Liverpool Street station. 

They were both trying to get off the train when Ms Daley accidentally fell into Bucknor-Smartt, Westminster magistrates court heard. 

“During morning rush hour Ms Daley stood up to alight and the defendant also started to get off the train,” said prosecutor Aislinn Rice. 

“Mr Bucknor-Smartt asked to get past when the train came to a stop, and Ms Daley said she then accidentally fell into the defendant due to the motion of the train coming to a stop. 

“She says the defendant deliberately lifted his elbow up when he spun around, striking her to the left side of her face.”

The court heard Bucknor-Smartt got off the train after the attack, and later went to police claiming he had himself been assaulted and racially abused. 

However, Ms Daley also complained to the police and CCTV proved Bucknor-Smartt was the attacker in the incident, on February 7. 

“He told police he has no idea why he did it, and just said he saw a red mist,” added Ms Rice.  

She said Ms Daley was left with numbness to her face and has suffered psychological damage since the attack. 

Bucknor-Smartt wept uncontrollably in the dock as he pleaded guilty on Monday to assault by beating. 

District Judge Nina Tempia warned him jail was a possibility when sentence is passed today.

He was freed on bail and will be assessed by probation officers prior to sentencing. 

Bucknor-Smartt, from Clapton, pleaded guilty to assault by beating. 

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