Man Guilty After Passenger's Death On Wimbledon Train

Altercation took place on the train, court hears

A man has been found guilty of manslaughter following the death of a passenger on a train between Surbiton and Wimbledon.

Warsame Warsame, aged 24, was found unconscious on a train on March 2, 2013, at Raynes Park after becoming involved in an altercation earlier in the day on a different train.

On Tuesday (20 May), Rhys Stacey Parchment (top right), 25, from Woodcote Road, Wallington, was found guilty of manslaughter following a trial at Blackfriars Crown court.

The court heard Mr Warsame - known as 'Sammy' and living in Surbiton - had travelled on the 12.24pm Hampton Court to Waterloo train earlier in the day, boarding at Raynes Park station at 12.42pm.

Between Raynes Park and Wimbledon stations he was physically assaulted by Stacey Parchment.

Shortly after, Mr Warsame was found unconscious on the London Waterloo to Chessington service at Raynes Park and died from his injuries two days later at St George's Hospital in Tooting.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson, who led the investigation, said: "We are satisfied that this tragic case has finally been drawn to a conclusion and we hope this will allow the family an opportunity to move on in their grieving, although we know nothing will ever bring back their beloved Warsame.

"The witnesses who came forward were identified through BTP and colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service conducting numerous anniversary appeals at stations along the route and also on a number of trains. We'd like to thank these witnesses for supporting the investigation and providing excellent testimony.

"This type of violent attack is rare on the rail network, and BTP works tirelessly to make sure people are as safe as possible on trains and at stations. When assaults do occur we take them very seriously and will do everything in our power to identify the person or people responsible and bring them to justice, as in this case.

"Our thoughts remain very much with Warsame’s family, who have all shown great dignity throughout the course of the investigation and have been hugely supportive of our officers during what must be a very difficult time."

May 21, 2014

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