Unprovoked attack on Bexley father and son lands scaffolder in jail

PUBLISHED: 09:46 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:08 23 January 2013

Robert McSweeney, 33, of Orpington.

Robert McSweeney, 33, of Orpington.


A scaffolder has been jailed for 16 months after an unprovoked drunken attack on a Bexley father and son at London Bridge station.

Robert McSweeney, 33, of Poverest Road, Orpington pleaded guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court last week to causing actual bodily harm.

McSweeney repeatedly punched the 48-year-old father, who had been trying to buy crisps from a vending machine.

The father, who had recently had major back surgery, was knocked unconscious and lost his front teeth as a result.

His 19-year-old son received cuts to the face after stepping in to protect his father.

Det Con Rachel Smith, of 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 say why he acted as he did.”

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