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Last Updated: Monday, 10 July 2006, 17:22 GMT 18:22 UK
Tube murder accused faces court
Police at Highbury and Islington station
The station was closed while investigations were carried out
A man has appeared in court charged with murdering a Tube passenger who died on the tracks at rush hour.

Mehmet Bala was remanded in custody by Horseferry Road magistrates until a 16 October hearing at the Old Bailey.

The 20-year-old is accused of pushing John Curran, 52, in front of a train at Highbury and Islington station in north London on Friday evening.

Relatives of Mr Curran, from north London, said he was a gentle and caring man.

'Gentle and caring'

Mr Curran worked as a machine operator for a construction company in the North Greenwich, south-east London.

A statement released by his family said: "John was loved by all who knew him and his family and friends are mourning his loss."

British Transport Police still want witnesses who were on the northbound Victoria Line platform at 1800 BST on Friday to contact them.

Forensic examinations

They say the platform was packed at the time.

They are trying to trace a man, aged between 20 and 30 wearing an orange top, who chased a man out of the station.

They also want a woman in her 20s who had long brown hair and was sitting on a bench near to where the incident took place.

Part of the Victoria Line was shut while investigations were carried out over the weekend.

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