'Mindless' thugs who attacked woman and teenage girls jailed

Mateusz Liberna and Prasanth Shanmugarajah have been jailed for the attack at New Malden station last year

Mateusz Liberna and Prasanth Shanmugarajah have been jailed for the attack at New Malden station last year

First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter - 020 8722 6313

A pair of "mindless" thugs have been jailed for attacking a woman and two teenage girls at New Malden station.

Prasanth Shanmugarajah, 23, of Clarence Avenue, New Malden, and Mateusz Liberna,19, of Portland Avenue, New Malden, were sentenced to a total of seven years for the attack, which left one victim unconscious.

Their victims got off a train at New Malden on Friday, March 29, last year and walked through the underpass to the opposite platform.

Police said a verbal exchange took place between the woman and one of the men, and both Shanmugarajah and Liberna began kicking her.

The two girls tried to help, but were also attacked.

They and the woman were left with bruising and black eyes.

The victims managed to escape and found help from staff at a nearby bar, police said.

Detective Constable Keef Cook, from the British Transport Police, said: "In addition to their physical injuries, this attack left the young women extremely shaken and upset.

"I would like to thank them for their co-operation and patience, which was instrumental in bringing these men to justice.

"This sentence sends a clear message that this type of mindless violence is absolutely unacceptable."

Shanmugarajah denied charges of common assault, affray and causing actual bodily harm, but was convicted after a trial at Kingston Crown Court.

He was handed a 34-month prison sentence on Friday.

Liberna was spotted on CCTV by police community support officers.

After the pair's arrest last July, he initially denied causing actual bodily harm, but changed his plea before trial.

He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for that and an unrelated offence.

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7:53pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Imigrante says...

They should be called "mindless" cowards... They should try to pick on people their same size. Such a shame with short sentences. They will be out in a year... And will be back with their brainless ways...
They should be called "mindless" cowards... They should try to pick on people their same size. Such a shame with short sentences. They will be out in a year... And will be back with their brainless ways... Imigrante
  • Score: 12

1:03pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Mind the gap says...

Imigrante wrote:
They should be called "mindless" cowards... They should try to pick on people their same size. Such a shame with short sentences. They will be out in a year... And will be back with their brainless ways...
Couldn't agree moor, cowards like this will never pick on someone their own size, they are a complete drain on society and no doubt will continue to be a drain and will contribute nothing only take. They will be in and out of prison for the rest of their miserable little lives. In my eyes they are worthless wastes of space and taxpayers money. Their parents must be so proud of how they brought these low lifes up.

No doubt they will be back in New Malden in a few months time, will be keeping an eye out for them.
[quote][p][bold]Imigrante[/bold] wrote: They should be called "mindless" cowards... They should try to pick on people their same size. Such a shame with short sentences. They will be out in a year... And will be back with their brainless ways...[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree moor, cowards like this will never pick on someone their own size, they are a complete drain on society and no doubt will continue to be a drain and will contribute nothing only take. They will be in and out of prison for the rest of their miserable little lives. In my eyes they are worthless wastes of space and taxpayers money. Their parents must be so proud of how they brought these low lifes up. No doubt they will be back in New Malden in a few months time, will be keeping an eye out for them. Mind the gap
  • Score: 7

1:40pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Noddyblanket says...

What gentlemen.... Parents must be so ashamed.,
What gentlemen.... Parents must be so ashamed., Noddyblanket
  • Score: 8

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