Teen bus attacker avoids jail by 'skin of his teeth'
A TEENAGER has avoided prison by the ‘skin of his teeth’ after being sentenced for an attack on a bus that left young passengers in distress.
Aidan Baily McDermott (19) punched and kicked his victim in the head during the assault on the No 1 bus, which runs from St Helier to Gorey, at about 6.40pm on 17 February.
While sentencing McDermott, who admitted one count of grave and criminal assault, to 150 hours’ community service and six months’ probation, Relief Magistrate David Le Cornu said that such offences, particularly when they involve a kick to the head, resulted in jail terms unless there were ‘exceptional circumstances’.
Mr Le Cornu said passengers were ‘in fear’ on the bus, but he recognised the defendant’s youth.
He added: ‘I have read your social-enquiry report at length and note that you are remorseful... you are going to avoid imprisonment by the skin of your teeth. This was a serious matter.’
Outlining the case, St Clement Centenier Edgar Wallis said the defendant attacked another man on the bus as it passed the White Horse Pub heading towards Grève d’Azette.
The attack caused the driver to stop the bus, it was heard, and Centenier Wallis said that there were ‘young people on the bus that appeared distressed by the events’.
CCTV analysis later showed the defendant attacking his victim and kicking him. Evidence from a passenger on board was read out. The account claimed that blood was seen on the floor after the incident.
Centenier Wallis added: ‘The victim did not want to make a statement. I believe he suffered a split lip, but there is no evidence of that.’
The defendant left the bus after it stopped. When the States police officers arrived they found him by the Dicq Slip with only one shoe on.
Advocate Rui Tremoceiro, defending, said the case was an example of a ‘short, alcohol-fuelled’ burst of violence.
The advocate said: ‘He expressed shame and remorse and has done so since he was shown the CCTV images.
‘There is no evidence of injuries. I don’t know where this reference to a split lip has come from. My client says any bleeding came from an injury he suffered in an earlier incident. He accepts that the absence of injuries is more through luck than his own judgment.’
No evidence was heard about why the attack took place.
After McDermott was arrested a small amount of cannabis was found in his possession. He was also fined £200 for possessing 3.8g of of the class B drug.
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