December 10 2013 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Reporter
Friday, October 18, 2013
Two men who brutally attacked a Goodmayes pensioner and his family as they travelled home from birthday celebrations are facing jail.
Christopher Calmeyer, 29, of Drummond Road, Romford, and Jay Bush, of Wallenger Avenue, Gidea Park, attacked the 65-year-old man, leaving him and his wife and two sons in hospital last year.
The family had been celebrating his birthday, along with a family friend, in London on August 18 2012 when they boarded a train back to Shenfield at Liverpool Street.
British Transport Police said three men in the carriage started to verbally abuse one of the sons.
When his brother stood up to defend him he was attacked by one of the men, who hit and fractured his hand.
When the man’s parents and friend stepped in they were assaulted.
All family members had to be taken hospital with shock, cuts and severe bruising.
The man who had been celebrating his 65th birthday had his arm in a sling when he was attacked as the train approached Manor Park station.
Det Con Jon Howlett, the investigating officer, said: “This was a sudden and violent attack which not only ruined a family’s celebration, but also left them hospitalised.”
The men are due to be sentenced at Inner London Crown Court on November 4.
Calmeyer had pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and affray and Bush admitted affray.
They duo were caught when members of the public identified them following an appeal run by the Recorder and other papers.