Punched bus driver in face on slip road

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After making a hand brake turn to stop in front of an Ulsterbus on the M1 slipway at Lurgan a 25-year-old man then punched the bus driver in the face.

And when police tried to contact him afterwards and spoke to him on the phone he said they would never get him because he was living in Scotland.

Gerard McConville, Beech Court, Lurgan, appeared last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court by way of videolink from Maghaberry prison.

For assault on April 18 last year he was jailed for four months while concurrent terms of four months and two months were imposed for dangerous driving and not having insurance on the same date. He was ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim of the assault.

McConville also admitted driving while disqualified on the Tully Road, Crumlin, on February 25 this year, taking a car without the consent of the owner, not having insurance and obstructing a constable.

For each of these offences he was sentenced to three months in prison.

These sentences are to run concurrently with each other but consecutively to the previous sentences making a total of seven months in custody.

McConville was also banned from driving for two years.

The court heard that on April 18 last year at around 2.18pm an Ulsterbus was travelling on the M1 when the defendant drove alongside and made hand gestures.

The bus turned off the slip road at the Lurgan junction and was undertaken by the defendant’s vehicle which then made a hand brake turn in front of the bus.

McConville got out and punched the driver through the open window.

On February 25 this year McConville was stopped at Crumlin and it had transpired he had taken the vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Mr Conor Downey, defending, said that regarding the April offences McConville said his reaction to what happened was completely unacceptable and he would apologise for his behaviour towards the bus driver.

He added that reading between the lines something must have happened to irritate McConville to such an extent that he drove in front of the bus to remonstrate with the driver.

Referring to the February matter Mr Downey said his client had been driving his partner’s car and she had not given him permission.

Deputy District Judge Laura Ievers said it was an appalling incident with the bus driver.