Queue-jumping thug viciously attacks bus driver with a baton

CCTV footage shows a vicious queue-jumping thug attacking a bus driver.

Larhys Fuller repeatedly struck the driver with a large baton before smashing the bus windscreen.

Footage released by National Express shows Fuller handing the driver his bus pass before he’s reprimanded for pushing past an elderly passenger.

He then pulls out a collapsible baton from his pocket and starts to brandish the weapon at the driver through the hatch in the glass screen.

Fuller, 25, hits the driver three times on the arm during the assault.

The driver continuously tries to push away the baton to protect himself.

Fuller eventually gets on the bus and walks around to the front where he smashes the windscreen, showering the victim in shattered glass.

The attack, which took place on January 3, was the last in a five week reign of terror by Fuller.

The baton-wielding thug carried out a series of attacks on bus drivers across Birmingham, leaving one of his victims so traumatised he had to take a lengthy period of absence from work.

His spree began on December 22 last year when he boarded a bus in Balsall Heath and was challenged by the driver about his pass.

Fuller responded aggressively swearing at the victim and even threatening to kill him.

He then reached through the protective perspex glass and grabbed his arm. Fortunately the driver pulled away.

On the same day Fuller approached a bus in Kings Norton and pushed the emergency button just as it was moving off.

The driver stopped and the defendant got on without showing his pass.

Fuller went upstairs but then returned brandishing an Afro comb which he used to stab the driver in the hand.

Nine days later Fuller, of no fixed address, was “the worse for alcohol and cannabis” and fell asleep on a bus.

When a police officer tried to remove him, he attempted to head butt him and spat at the officer who had to use leg restraints.

In another incident the defendant got a torch out of his pocket and struck a bus driver on the side of the head. The bus driver, who had challenged him, was beaten repeatedly on the arm.

Fuller had also brandished a machete at a couple in a car while he and a woman were crossing Bellgrave Middleway, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

The thug was prosecuted for fourteen offences including four charges of assault, five of possessing an offensive weapon or bladed article, two of possessing a drug, criminal damage, obstructing a police officer and racially aggravated threatening behaviour Birmingham Crown Court.

He was sentenced to a total of two and a half years in prison and ordered to pay £170 towards services for victims of crime and take part in a compulsory drug rehabilitation programme.

In passing sentence Recorder Simon Readhead said: “When you are intoxicated either by alcohol or drugs yo are a menace to those providing public transport.

“The four people you assaulted were bus drivers doing an important job.

“They look for protection when people like you insult and abuse them and as you did assault them.”

Carl Templar-Vasey, defending, said Fuller had a personality disorder which meant he had a low tolerance and resulted in aggression and violence.

Tom Stables, Managing Director of National Express West Midlands, said: “The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority.

“We welcome this sentencing, which gives a clear message that we will prosecute anybody who does not respect our drivers’ right to work without fear of assault or intimidation.”

Mayor Andy Street welcomed the sentence for Larhys Fuller, stating that public transport staff have the right to do their job without being attacked or intimidated.

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“Public transport is an essential service and the people who work for it have the right to do so without being attacked and intimidated in such a disgraceful way," he said.

“Millions of journeys are made safely on public transport every day but unfortunately this is tainted by the actions of a few people, so I am glad that when it does occur the justice system send out the message that it will not be tolerated.

“My thanks go to West Midlands Police, National Express West Midlands and Transport for West Midlands for their excellent teamwork in this case.”

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