’SAVAGE’ Thug guilty of murder following brutal unprovoked attack on London bus

Kirk Wright, 32, knocked his victim to the ground before repeatedly stamping on his head in a “sustained” attack on a bus to New Cross in Lewisham, south London. , police revealed Saturday.

Victim Julian Joseph, 36, who was from the local area, suffered “a severe head injury” after the “harrowing episode,” officers added.

Police and paramedics were called shortly after midnight on March 13. Joseph was taken to hospital in a critical condition and sadly died a few days later on March 24.

Wright was found guilty of the murder at Woolwich Crown Court this week.

Investigators said Joseph had been approached by Wright on the lower deck of the bus before he launched his violent tirade.

He had claimed to know Joseph and that the attack was motivated by an existing dispute between the two men. However, this explanation was dismissed in court.

Police said they used CCTV images from the bus and DNA evidence to link Wright, from Egmont Street in New Cross Gate, to the attack.

DCI John Massey, from the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "This attack was brutal and sustained.

“Wright must have known his savage actions would result in very serious injury or worse as has sadly proven to be the case.

"I hope this conviction for murder goes someway to helping Julian's family being consoled after such a harrowing episode in their lives."

Kirk will be sentenced on Thursday.

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