Man who strangled a bus passenger with a scarf until he passed out is jailed

A man who strangled a passenger with a scarf on a crowded bus until he passed out has been jailed. 33-year-old Sibusio Majola was found guilty of attempted murder following the attack in south west London in December 2012.

Sibusio Majola Credit: Metropolitan Police

Sibusio Majola was arrested after CCTV showed the shocking attack on a crowded single decker bus. The victim - a security guard - was travelling to work from Victoria Station on the first day of his new job.

When the bus arrived at Cresswell Gardens in South Kensington Sibusio Majola got on, and sat behind the victim. During the journey Majola said to the victim: "Are you mad?" The victim replied "No."

CCTV FOOTAGE OF THE ATTACK

The journey continued and a short time later Majola removed a black scarf he was wearing and strangled the victim, saying: "I will kill you."

The victim passed out and after regaining consciousness Majola leaned over the seat and continued to tighten the scarf around his neck.

He managed to free himself from being choked and ran from the bus in West Cromwell Road.

The attack lasted for around 30 seconds. Majola remained sat back in his seat and continued his journey.

SIBUSIO MAJOLA SITTING BACK IN HIS SEAT AFTER THE ATTACK

This was a totally unprovoked attack on a man who was travelling to work some distance away from where he lives in order to financially support his family.

Although the physical injuries he sustained were not life-threatening, he continues to suffer physiological distress and has only recently been able to return to work as a security guard. I would like to thank my colleagues in the Safer Transport Command as their diligent work led to the suspect being identified.

– Thomas Norman, Investigating Officer, Notting Hill Police

Sibusio Majola was jailed for eight years.