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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 May, 2004, 07:13 GMT 08:13 UK
Murder hunt after Tube row death
Vipaul Prasanna
Mr Prasanna was airlifted to hospital
A murder investigation has begun following the death of a man who was attacked outside a Tube station after accidentally stepping on a boy's foot.

Vipaul Prasanna, 41, from west London, was pronounced brain dead at 1800 BST on Wednesday, four days after he was punched in the face by a stranger.

He had bent down to apologise to a young boy after apparently stepping on his foot at Wembley Park Tube station.

A man with the boy hit Mr Prasanna who fell, hitting his head on the pavement.

The investigation has become a murder inquiry, said Scotland Yard.

Mr Prasanna worked in a shop in Brixton, south London, and sent money back to his wife and three children in Sri Lanka.

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton said it appeared to have been a "minor disagreement which escalated into an act of violence against a total stranger".

The killer and the boy, aged about 10, walked off towards the Chalkhill estate.


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