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A drunk builder grabbed a 22-year-old woman in a “bear hug” and attempted to throw her onto the tracks of the London underground.
Pharmacist Maria Osifeso was travelling to Notting Hill carnival with friends on August 29, 2022, when Arthur Hawrylewicz attacked her.
The 42-year-old pleaded guilty to attempting to murder and has been jailed for 10 years.
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According to the Daily Mail, Ms Osifeso admitted she now lives with “overwhelming anxiety” due to the attack.
She added in a victim impact statement that she now stands against the wall while waiting for the trains on the London Underground.
Prosecutor Suki Dhadda told that Ms Osifeso was waiting at King’s Cross Underground station at around 1.15 pm when Hawrylewicz grabbed her in a “bear hug-style grip”.
They said: “She was then picked up by someone, her feet left the floor and she was swung to the left, she thought in an attempt to put her on the track or in front of the train which was pulling into the station.”
Ms Osifeso was saved by her friends who intervened and forced the 42-year-old builder to the ground – reports claim he bellyflopped on the platform before hitting his head on the train and being knocked unconscious.
In the victim impact statement, she continued: “What if my friends hadn't been there? What if my male friend hadn't jumped in to grab him? What if I had been standing closer to the tracks?
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“I would most likely be dead and my family mourning the loss of a daughter. It is incredibly traumatic to think how close I came to dying.”
Ms Osifeso added that the incident has left her “hyper-aware” and in addition to standing with her back against the wall, she also holds onto the railings or stays on the stairs until the train arrives.
Judge Benedict Kelleher sentenced Hawrylewicz, of Avondale Gardens, Cardiff, to 10 years imprisonment today (Monday, April 24).
“'You attempted to kill a young woman by throwing her in front of a moving train,” the judge added.
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“You had approached your victim, Ms Osifeso, while she was standing with friends on the platform at King's Cross Underground station.
“She was a complete stranger to you. You tried briefly to speak to her but she ignored you”.
Father-of-two Hawrylewicz, originally from Poland, had lived in the UK, where he worked in the construction industry, for 15 years and had been in London for work.
Alexia Nicol, defending, described her client as a “hardworking family man” and said he was in a “confused and desperate state”.
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At the time of the incident, he told police he had drunk up to four beers and a third of a litre of vodka before the attack, and thought of committing suicide.
The judge said: “It is clear from the available evidence you intended to kill yourself that day but there is nothing to explain why you chose to try to kill an innocent bystander.”
Nicol said Hawrylewicz has no recollection of the incident.
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