Monday, 19 January 2015

Jailed: Cyclist who pulled bus driver out of cab and assaulted him for beeping his horn . . .


Jailed: Cyclist who pulled bus driver out of cab and assaulted him for beeping his horn

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Bus driver attack: Lyon McClean assaulted the man in Peckham High Street

A cyclist who dragged a bus driver out of his cab and assaulted him on a pavement during a road rage row has been jailed.

Lyon McClean, 26, became aggressive after the driver of a route 343 double-decker beeped his horn to get him to move out of the way.

McClean was blocking the route after stopping to chat to friends at a bus stop in Peckham High Street.

He opened the front door of the bus from the outside using the emergency handle, before entering the cab and dragging the driver out onto the pavement.

He then assaulted the driver before fleeing the scene when members of the public called police.

The victim, a 43-year-old man, was taken to hospital for treatment for head injuries after the attack on October 10, 2012.

McClean, of Haymerle Road, Peckham, later returned to the scene where he was arrested and later charged with actual bodily harm.

He was sentenced to one year in jail at Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday.

Chief Superintendent Matt Bell said: "The roads and transport policing command are committed to keeping London's transport network safe and this sentence sends a strong message that this type of behaviour is totally unacceptable and will result in tough penalties."

Steve Burton, Transport for London's director of enforcement, said, "We take every assault on staff very seriously - our staff and passengers have the right to work and travel without fear of assault.

"We work closely with the police to eradicate unacceptable violence against our staff and this sentencing demonstrates our commitment to ensuring any perpetrator will be caught and punished."

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