A DRINKER who kicked a bus driver has been jailed for 21 weeks.
Paul Stewart a driver on the 110 route was kicked on the arm by Robin Simon Guest, 45, as he escorted him from the depot after he dozed off on the late night Leeds to Wakefield service.
Wakefield Magistrates’ Court heard Guest had just been released from prison on October 15 and committed the assault 12 days later, which put him in breach of his anti-social behaviour order.
Prosecutor Richard Ogden told how Mr Stewart, who works for Arriva, had driven the 110 from Leeds Station to the depot on Barnsley Road, Belle Vue around midnight on October 27.
Guest was asleep on the bus and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.
As Mr Stewart attempted to escort Guest off the premises, the passenger kicked him on the arm, then fell over, before running off.
Police detained Guest on suspicion of assault but he became aggressive and had to be taken into custody where police found a small amount of cannabis inside a cigarette box.
Guest told police he had been out in Leeds since 1pm that day and had drunk 15 pints.
He claimed it wasn’t assault because of his autism, adding: “I can’t get on with people, they expect far too much of me.”
Guest, of Church View Agbrigg, admitted assault, possession of cannabis and breaching his ASBO.
Mike Devlin, mitigating, said his client had been out of jail for two weeks and had suffered a build-up of pressure as he had debts and was in the process of being evicted.
He said Guest lashed out after the driver got hold him.
District Judge Marie Mallon said there was no alternative to custody as Guest had a recent history of violent offending .