A man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison following a violent machete attack at Catford Bridge Station last year.
Damien Huxtable, also known as Omar Brown, 31, from Bristol, was convicted at Blackfriars Crown Court following a 10 day trial.
The court heard about how Huxtable arrived at Catford Bridge rail station by bus on Thursday 23 August, before immediately becoming involved in a confrontation with a man he knew in front of the station.
The victim was sitting at the station entrance with his partner and two young children. Numerous members of the public were also present.
Witnesses recalled seeing Huxtable walk towards the man holding a machete with a foot-long blade. He then struck the man on the head, cutting his face and upper body.
As he committed the assault, Huxtable shouted: “I’m going to kill you boy.
“I’m going to cut your head off.”
Judge Daniel Worsley described the attack as “cold blooded” and told Huxtable that the evidence against him was “overwhelming.”
Following the sentencing, Detective Sergeant Jane Hill of the British Transport Police said: “Violent incidents of this nature are rare on the rail network in this area, but we take them very seriously when they do occur, and we will do everything in our power to identify and prosecute those responsible.”