Dad headbutted onto subway track seconds before train arrived “cheated death”

A dad cheated death after a thug headbutted him onto a subway track mere seconds before a train arrived.

Brian Cleary fell inches from a live 600-volt rail when he tumbled from the platform of a Glasgow station after being assaulted by David Russell.

The 55-year-old was targeted by drunk Russell and his friends as he waited for a train with his daughter Kirsti, 22.

Police ­officers advised him not to look at CCTV footage of the incident because it was so harrowing.

Now he’s hit out at ­Russell’s “disgusting” sentence after the thug was spared jail and told to do unpaid work instead.

Postman Brian said: “I think the ­sentence the guy got is disgusting and feel badly let down.

“He should’ve been locked up for what he did.”

Brian said Russell and his pals started chanting “paedos” after spotting Kirsti’s Celtic sweatshirt as they made their way home from a Parkhead match in August 2019.

Russell butted Brian when he ­challenged their ­behaviour causing him to fall within inches of the track’s live rail.

Russell, of Stepps, near ­Glasgow, and his pals ran off as two doctors helped Brian to safety just 10 seconds before a train arrived.

He was arrested weeks later after police traced him.

Last week he pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to assaulting Brian to his injury, impairment and ­danger of life.

But instead of prison he was ordered to carry out 225 hours of unpaid work and tagged for six months.

He must stay at home between 8pm and 5am each day.

Brian said: “I’d like to see if the sentence can be ­challenged, it’s too light.

“I get quite emotional thinking about what happened and try to block it out and get on with life.

“It took a few days for me ­realise how lucky I was not to die.

“People kept telling me it was a miracle and I shouldn’t be here but I didn’t really understand what they were talking about.

“But I began to understand when I found out how close I fell beside the live rail. The fall on to the track is also quite big. I could easily have banged my head or broken some bones.

“If that had happened, I wouldn’t have got up before the train came. ­I haven’t seen the­ ­footage.

“The police advised me not to look at it. They said it was a violent assault and I reached out to grab the live rail three times to help get back on my feet.

“But I kept missing it and ­eventually got up without ­touching it.

“I was told the voltage is so high I would have effectively been blown-up if I’d grabbed it.”