Toby Sawyer, then 27, was jailed for five years for manslaughter after knifing Gary Moultrie, 38, who painted him with white emulsion during a row.
Last week, a video went viral showing two rail staff dousing Toby with water as he slept on the pavement outside Sutton station.
Today, Sun Online can reveal the 46-year-old is a convicted killer who told our reporters: "It's part of life – he deserved to die."
Toby plunged "a serrated knife" into window cleaner Gary's stomach in 1999 after an argument turned heated.
He grinned as he was caged by an Old Bailey judge a year later.
When asked by Sun Online about the killing, he said: "I was at his house and he put paint on my face, I stabbed him to death."
The family of victim Gary Moultrie today told of their devastation after seeing their brother's killer surface again.
Gary's older sister Margaret Austen, 71, slammed the man as "pure evil", saying: "I’m not surprised the real workers wanted to get rid of him because as far as we’re concerned he is dangerous to other people."
Toby has been living on the streets since being released from Wandsworth and Bellmarsh prisons five years later.
The rough sleeper was, this afternoon, still wearing the same bleach-stained trousers that were soaked at the weekend.
Toby, who has struggled with alcoholism and Type 1 diabetes, was today treated by emergency crews as his health deteriorated.
He is also nursing a broken thumb, unsure of how and when he was injured.
A BROKEN FAMILY
The youngest of eight brothers and sisters, Gary had moved from his family home in Tyneside in the 90s to London before being fatally knifed.
Sister Ms Austen said: "He stabbed Gary through the heart and he died from massive blood loss before they could get him to hospital.
"That man was only jailed for five years, it was devastating, not just to lose Gary but also because the man who killed him served so little time in jail."
Gary's brother James Moultrie, 74, said he felt terrible after realising the man in the recent viral video was his sibling's killer.
He said: "It makes me feel terrible. If I’d had been there I would have told them to throw the whole lot over him."
'THIS IS DEGRADING'
A mum earlier defended the actions of the Southern Rail staff today, saying Toby had been abusive to her and her four-year-old son in the hours before the incident.
She said the workers had been trying to move on the homeless man after he apparently had been causing trouble all morning.
Mum Kirstie Webster said: "I was getting a train ticket with my young son and the man in the video, he was with a woman, and they started abusing us.
"They were talking down to us, being very intimidating and aggressive."
Toby's pal Claire Caller told The Sun Online she was with the homeless man when Southern staff tipped buckets of water around him.
The 41-year-old recalled: "He is one of my best friends and we were finding a place to sleep, we’re both homeless. We got a tent but couldn’t put it up so he came back here because this is his stomping place.
"A geezer was being a bit rude to him, someone walking past. Tobes was getting irate and I told him to stop talking.
"Tobes fell over and wouldn’t get up. I went to the station and said ‘please can you get him to move’. I don’t want him lying there, he never has a cover on, people take the p*** out of him and nick his stuff."
Two wrongs don't make a right – regardless of what he's done, you shouldn't treat a human being like that
Claire, who has been living on the streets for the last six months after leaving an abusive relationship, said she left to buy a new tent – but when she returned she saw the train worker "sweeping" her friend up "like a little rag" and "pouring bleach on him".
She said: "I went to get a pop up tent and came back and they [the staff] have got a broom, they were sweeping him up, pouring bleach on him, just sweeping him up like a little rag.
"It’s disgusting. They poured a bucket of bleach on him. I saw them sweeping him and though ‘what on earth’.
"He wouldn’t get up and I just looked at him, covered in bleach, I think he was in shock. It’s the sweeping bit I can’t get my head around. It was like he could have been whistling while he did.
"Things have happened to me but this is the most degrading."
Southern Railway yesterday confirmed three staff members had been suspended as they investigated, while British Transport Police also confirmed they are investigating the incident as a common assault.
'IT WAS DIRTY WATER'
It comes after another passenger filmed the shocking incident over the weekend.
She told Sun Online: "I'd been watching him lying in the sun when the Southern worker came out with a mop and poured the water on him.
"It was really dirty water, like they had been using it to clean the floors inside.
"I had to film because I couldn't stand by knowing we are all just three or four steps away from being in that situation ourselves.
"It was disgusting behaviour."
The woman said the workers told her the homeless man was causing problems before they poured water on him.
But she has slammed their excuse – claiming they should have called the police to deal with him properly instead.
She said: "Two wrongs don't make a right – regardless of what he's done, you shouldn't treat a human being like that."
Members of the public were sympathetic to Toby today as they walked past – with one even buying him a pizza.
Angie Doll, passenger services director for Southern Railway, said: "We take this incident extremely seriously and have started an investigation.
"We suspended the two members of staff seen in the video and a third colleague who we identified from station CCTV.
"We would like to apologise to the homeless man and we are trying to make contact with him to offer help and support."
A BTP spokesperson said: "Officers are currently investigating the incident as a common assault and would ask anyone who witnessed what happened, or the events leading up to it, to contact them by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 489 of 24/02/1"
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