The man who was knocked unconscious after a vile racist tirade on the London Underground says he doesn’t want his attacker prosecuted.
Despite that, British Transport Police say they are proceeding with their investigation into the assault.
Billy Steele, 31, handed himself into police after footage of the shocking incident on the Central Line went viral.
Steele’s mother, Toni, told The Sun: "Billy is on this video that has gone viral. He has gone to the police and owned up. He doesn’t want the man who hit him to be punished."
Steele has been involved in a number of incidents where he appears to incite violent behaviour.
A former friend described an altercation in the Prince of Wales pub, near Steele’s home in Mottingham, South London.
Steele was thrown out of the pub after repeatedly pestering one of the bar staff, but then stormed back in and was dealt with by a pair of burly customers: "The lads in the Prince of Wales ended up breaking his nose,” Steele’s friend told Mail Online.
"This is when people started to distance themselves from him as it was starting to get difficult to go out with him.”
He explained that Steele had become increasingly confrontational, seemingly going out of his way to provoke violence: "I believe he needs help for his mental health. I don’t think he intends it to be malicious but he’s almost in self-destruct mode."
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Adding that he hadn’t spoken to Steele since last year, he said that the racist rant in the viral video seemed like "gibberish".
Steele has gone to ground since this latest incident, with one neighbour telling reporters saying he hasn’t been seen at home since the weekend.
They added: "Billy isn’t the most popular of residents in the flats. He drinks quite a bit."
Despite his mother’s claim that Steele doesn’t want the man who punched him to be prosecuted, British Transport Police say they are investigating the incident, and are asking witnesses to come forward.
A spokesman for British Transport Police (BTP) said: "We are aware of two videos on social media showing an incident on a Central Line Underground train on 15 August.
"Enquiries are ongoing, and any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact BTP."
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