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Man admits assaulting female bus driver

A Pembroke man yesterday morning admitted attacking a female bus driver and threatening her with a blade.

Robert Harris, 69, pleaded guilty to charges of assault and possessing an offensive weapon, a utility knife, during an altercation that took place on August 3.

The court heard that the complainant was driving a bus north along Point Finger Road in Paget when she noticed Harris standing at a bus stop.

She pulled the vehicle over and opened the door, but Harris reportedly said: “All you f***ing bus drivers are always getting on me about my smell and my clothes.”

The bus driver reportedly responded that she would not allow him on the bus because of his language and began to shut the vehicle’s door.

Harris, however, pulled the door open, came onto the bus and struck her with a bag. A passenger then interfered, standing between Harris and the driver, and Harris stepped off the vehicle.

He then produced the utility knife and told the driver: “I will take this and use it on you.”

He was subsequently arrested and, during a police interview, he admitted the offence, saying he had pointed the knife at the bus driver in an attempt to scare her.

The court heard that Harris was an outpatient at the Mid Atlantic Wellness Institute, and that he has appeared the court for other offences.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo ordered a Social Inquiry Report and a phsyciatric report, adjourning the matter until October 5 for sentencing.

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