Man guilty of killing lawyer at Tube station
Friday 23 December 2011
A man who pushed a leading human rights lawyer in front of a Tube train was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter at the Old Bailey yesterday.
David Burgess, 63, a cross-dresser known as Sonia, died during the rush hour at King's Cross station in October last year.
Senthooran Kanagasingham had denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. The 35-year-old from Cricklewood, north London, was jailed for a minimum of seven years. Doctors said he no longer required hospital treatment for paranoid schizophrenia.
The victim had befriended the killer and had introduced him to his GP as he was worried about his mental state. Kanagasingham was undergoing sex-change treatment.
Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, said commuters had seen Kanagasingham push Mr Burgess. A note found in his rucksack said he was "depressed". He added Mr Burgess, a divorced father of three children, had built "an enviable and brilliant reputation" as a solicitor.
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
- 3 Alton Towers crash: Four seriously injured and 16 guests trapped as Smiler ride carriages collide
- 4 Ann Summers survey reveals the UK's favourite sex position