An Extinction Rebel activist who scaled a Tube practice to protest about local weather change instructed a court docket he didn’t get down as a result of he feared he could be killed.

James Mee, 37, was ultimately pulled onto the platform at Canning City station and kicked by enraged passengers in the course of the morning rush-hour on October 17, 2019.

Internal London Crown Court docket has heard accounts administrator Mee, and former Buddhist trainer Mark Ovland, 38, had been showered with espresso, sandwiches and cash as they refused to get down.

They unfurled a banner saying ‘enterprise as common=dying’ whereas a public announcement instructed the group to evacuate.

Edmund Blackman, prosecuting, has mentioned the pair had been solely on prime of the practice for 20 minutes however 48,000 individuals had their morning commutes affected.

Giving proof Mee mentioned the unique plan had been to dam the Jubilee line for one hour, from 6am, to disrupt staff travelling into the Metropolis – however they had been 45 minutes late.

‘We had been instructed nobody could be about apart from just a few cleaners coming residence and if we acquired on prime of the practice and staged the protest the police would arrive in a short time, the station could be closed, a particular elimination workforce must be referred to as.’

XR activists Mark Ovland (left) and James Mee (right) were showered with coffee and coins as they refused to get down from the top of a tube train

XR activists Mark Ovland (left) and James Mee (proper) had been showered with espresso and cash as they refused to get down from the highest of a tube practice

Michael Goold, representing Mee, requested: ‘Whenever you noticed there have been extra individuals than anticipated, why did you not get off the practice?’

‘We wished the protest to be a hit and in addition it was scary and I did not know what individuals had been going to do,’ replied Mee.

‘We had been up there for 18/19 minutes, ready for the police to reach, the stress growing. I did not know what the group was going to do, I used to be overreacting in my thoughts.

‘I went to essentially the most catastrophic conclusion. Folks had been making dying threats, I believed my life was in peril and the very last thing I wished to do was get down.’

Mee mentioned he anticipated to obtain a ‘critical, critical beating’ if acquired off the practice.

‘Because it occurred, there have been just a few individuals who wished to place the boot in, none of them actually linked. The gang in a short time pacified after we had been introduced down.’

Requested about footage of him kicking out at a passenger who reached as much as seize him, Mee mentioned he felt responsible about breaking Extinction Rebel’s code of non-violence.

‘The perfect factor to have completed would have been to take a seat down. That’s the essence of being non-violent. I massively remorse what occurred.’

Mr Blackman performed footage of Mee and Ovland climbing onto the practice, after which a passenger approaches shouts and throws a sandwich at them.

The prosecutor requested: ‘Inside a minute of you getting on that practice individuals are already offended, aren’t they? Did you not assume at that stage, it isn’t going the place you need, ought to we not get off now?’

‘You may see within the footage somebody throws a sandwich,’ replied Mee. ‘At that time there was much less concern of our security from violence within the crowd.

‘We had been there to do a protest and there is that human psychology in that it is more durable to desert one thing you’ve got began and as issues acquired extra violent it grew to become more durable to return down.’

Mee mentioned he had not thought-about the potential for a crowd turning violent towards him.

‘As soon as you’ve got mentioned you are going to undergo with one thing it is tough to alter course,’ he mentioned.

‘There was adrenaline occurring, there was deal with the way to stand up there, is it going to go easily.

‘We could not talk. I did not wish to let everybody else down.’

Mee, of Filton, Bristol, and Ovland, of Keinton Mandeville, Somerset, deny obstructing engines or carriages on railways below the Malicious Damages Act 1861.

The trial continues.