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Ballymena man avoids prison for assaulting bus driver

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Daniel Taylor admitted assaulting the woman on August 2 last year. Taylor, of Linenhall Street in Ballymena, also admitted assaulting police and resisting police on the same date

Daniel Taylor admitted assaulting the woman on August 2 last year. Taylor, of Linenhall Street in Ballymena, also admitted assaulting police and resisting police on the same date

Daniel Taylor admitted assaulting the woman on August 2 last year. Taylor, of Linenhall Street in Ballymena, also admitted assaulting police and resisting police on the same date

A man who assaulted a female bus driver has avoided jail.

Daniel Taylor admitted assaulting the woman on August 2 last year. Taylor, of Linenhall Street in Ballymena, also admitted assaulting police and resisting police on the same date.

Londonderry Magistrates Court heard police were called to the bus station on Foyle Street after reports that Taylor had assaulted a female bus driver.

They were told the defendant had approached the driver and asked her some questions, but then took exception to her answers and headbutted her.

When police arrived Taylor was being restrained by Translink staff. When interviewed he said he had no recollection of the incident, only had four pints and someone must have spiked his drink.

Defence counsel Stephen Mooney said these were "very serious offences", but Taylor had apologised.

Deputy District Judge Laura Ievers imposed a sentence of months suspended for 18 months and ordered him to pay £200 in compensation.

Belfast Telegraph