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Drunken passenger 'punched Belfast bus driver'

By Alan Erwin

A Belfast bus driver was punched in the face as he tried to stop a drunken passenger boarding a service to Dublin, the High Court has heard.

Mark Duggan also allegedly jumped in the victim's seat and shouted: "I'll be the driver, I'll take everybody where they want."

The 39-year-old, of no fixed address, faces charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and resisting police. He was refused bail as he was judged to be at risk of reoffending.

Prosecution counsel said the victim was parked at Glengall Street in Belfast city centre waiting to pick up passengers last Friday when Duggan appeared.

After the driver refused him entry, Duggan allegedly said: "I'll knock your b******s in", before punching the driver, who suffered a chipped tooth and cut lip.

When he was arrested after a struggle at a nearby hotel the defendant allegedly told police: "Blah, blah, blah, f*** off."

Refusing an application for bail, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan said: "People like this (the bus driver) are entitled to be protected by the courts."

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