Commuter Given £12,000 In Compensation

25 February 2011, 15:09 | Updated: 8 March 2011, 10:07

A commuter who sued London Underground for £1million in damages after he was grabbed by an employee at a ticket barrier has won just under £11,925 in compensation.

The judge sad 58-year-old Leib Spektor from Lewisham was the victim of "inappropriate force" but his claim was "excessive and exaggerated".

Mr Spektor had passed though the barrier with a bike at Canada Water station in February 2006 when he was asked about the route he had taken, but did not reply.

The situation then escalated and the employee grabbed Mr Spektor, forced him backwards and bent him over the barriers.

The judge had previously ruled that London Underground was liable to compensate Mr Spektor for injuries to his neck and lower back and for the development of a phobic anxiety disorder which stopped him going out in the dark.