Court: Man Admits Assaulting Female Bus Driver

August 19, 2016

Appearing in Magistrates Court today [August 19], a 69-year-old man pleaded guilty to assaulting a female bus driver and to possessing an offensive weapon.

Robert Harris pleaded guilty to unlawfully assaulting a female bus driver and to possessing an offensive weapon, in the form of a knife.

The offence occurred on 3rd August 2016 at a bus stop on Point Finger Road in Paget.

The Crown Prosecutor told Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo that Harris attempted to board a bus. Just before boarding he complained to the female bus driver that many bus drivers wouldn’t let him on because they said that he smelled.

Harris then got on to the bus and struck the bus driver. A passenger immediately came to the driver’s assistance and Harris exited the bus and then pulled out the knife.

Duty Counsel recommended that Mr Harris, who she said was an outpatient of an institution, should have Social Inquiry and Psychiatric reports prepared before any sentencing.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo agreed and ordered both reports. Mr Harris’s previous bail was extended and he was ordered to attend the next sitting of the MHC. Harris must reappear for sentencing in early October.

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