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

Robert McSweeney, 33, of Orpington.

Robert McSweeney, 33, of Orpington.


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.”

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