Orpington man jailed after drunken attack on father-and-son at London Bridge
PUBLISHED: 12:33 21 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:33 21 January 2013
An Orpington scaffolder has been jailed for 16 months after an unprovoked, drunken attack on a father-and-son at London Bridge station.
Robert McSweeney, 33, of Povost Road, Orpington pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm at Blackfriars Crown Court last week.
McSweeney repeatedly punched the 48-year-old father, of Bexley, as he attempted to buy a packet of crisps from a vending machine.
The man, who had recently undergone major surgery on his back, was knocked unconscious - losing his front teeth as a result.
His 19-year-old son, also of Bexley, received cuts to the face after stepping in to protect his father.
Det Con Rachel Smith, of the British Transport Police, said: “McSweeney, who had been out drinking all day, had become violent and refused to move when the two men tried to access the vending machine.
“When shown a clip of the attack, he admitted it was not self-defence and could not explain why he acted as he did.”