7 November, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court
A teen accused of fracturing a doctor’s skull with a hammer in an unprovoked attack two nights before Halloween has appeared in court.
Jamel Walker, 18, allegedly attacked three passengers with a claw hammer between Walthamstow and Seven Sisters stations just after 8pm on Thursday 29 October.
Walker first attacked two doctors before turning on a third passenger, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court heard on Saturday.
The first victim, Dr William White, sustained a depressed fracture of the skull, while his companion, Dr Robert Adams suffered defensive wounds.
A third passenger, Elliot Squire, suffered lacerations to the skull.
CCTV images of the unprovoked attacker exiting Seven Sisters station were released by British Transport Police in a public appeal last week.
Ola Oyedepo, prosecuting, said: ‘The background of the matter is that Mr Walker entered a train at Walthamstow station.
‘There were two doctors talking on the train, he then took out a hammer and attacked the two of them.
‘One suffered from a depressed fracture of the skull and the second person, who tried to protect or stop himself, was also attacked, he suffered from defensive wounds.
‘While he was on the train another person coming in sees him, and the defendant also used the hammer on him.
‘He also suffered from lacerations to the skull.’
Walker appeared in the dock wearing a grey tracksuit and spoke only to confirm his identity.
District Judge Gillian Allison, said: ‘I’m sending your case to Inner London Crown Court, you will appear there on the 11th of November.’
BTP Inspector Gary Pinner said: ‘This is a concerning, unprovoked attack in a busy Underground station.’
Walker, of Elizabeth Way, Harlow, entered no pleas to two charges of GBH with intent, attempted GBH, possession of an offensive weapon and affray, he was remanded into custody until the crown court appearance.