A 57-year-old shopper was in a critical conditionYou wouldn’t think a grown man would be so incensed by someone nipping in front of him at the checkout, would you? Well, it’s worse than that:
after he was attacked inside a supermarket by a man who accused him of queue-jumping.
The victim was left unconscious and bleeding after being punched to the ground in front of horrified shoppers at the Sainsbury's superstore in Merton, South West London.
The victim, who has a long-term partner and a five-year-old child, is in a coma and it is thought he may not survive the serious head injuries which he sustained in the attack, which occurred shortly after 7pm on Tuesday.
A dispute is said to have broken out in the store when a woman accused a fellow shopper of jumping the queue at the checkout.Let’s hope they both get prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The ‘Mail’ has a few more details:
She is reportedly shown on CCTV telephoning her boyfriend, who arrived a few minutes later, and pointing out the man she thought had pushed in.
A 37-year-old man arrested in connection with the assault is in custody at a south London police station.
The woman who apparently complained about queue jumping was also being questioned by police.
Tony Virasami, 37, from Lewisham, will appear before Wimbledon Magistrates' Court today.Hmm, if the victim’s identities were reversed, no doubt we’d be hearing the usual suspects claiming this as a ‘racial incident’. I wonder if the involvement of the ‘Specialist Crimes Directorate’ is intended to nip any suggestion of that in the bud…?
A police source said: 'There can be no more chilling example of yob Britain than an innocent man being subjected to a vicious attack in a supermarket over something so trivial.
'The victim is in a very poor way and it will be an absolute miracle if he lives.' Detectives appealed for more witnesses from among the dozens of shoppers who were in the store.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said the victim was white and the attacker black. Scotland Yard confirmed that murder squad detectives from the Specialist Crimes Directorate were already investigating the case.