Svetoslav Stoykov was arrested in December after returning to Berlin, Germany
Accused of kicking a woman down a flight of stairs in U-Bahn station in the city
Sickening incident, which was caught on CCTV, sparked international outrage
Stoykov, 28, has admitted carrying out the attack, calling the footage ‘horrible’
He faces charges of causing serious bodily harm to the 26-year-old woman
By Julian Robinson
A Bulgarian man caught on CCTV kicking a woman down a flight of stairs in Berlin has admitted carrying out the attack, telling a court: ‘I found it horrible myself when I saw it’.
Svetoslav Stoykov, 28, was caught on CCTV waltzing up behind a woman at Hermannstraße U-Bahn station in the German capital before kicking her in the back.
The 26-year-old woman was sent flying down the stairs head first and landed on her face on the floor several steps down, with the contents of her handbag scattering across the floor. She broke her arm in the fall, injured her head, and had to be treated in hospital.
Stoykov today told Berlin court that he admitted having ‘kicked the woman down the stairs’. But he said he did not recall the attack because he was so high on drink and drugs.
According to The Local, he said he could not recollect the attack and only became aware of his own involvement when officers publicly aired the footage, which caused international outrage.
He said in court: ‘I found it horrible myself when I saw it.’
The woman broke her arm in the fall, injured her head, and had to be treated in hospital. Stoykov and his three accomplices were then seen wandering off with one stopping briefly to retrieve a dropped beer bottle.
Stoykov was arrested in December after he returned to Berlin from France, where he had reportedly been hiding. He now faces charges of grievous bodily harm over the incident in October last year.
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