Grandfather-of-six Harry Clare, 65, told a court he was heading along Portland Street in Manchester when the double-decker forced him onto the pavement.Oh oh! You can see where this is heading, can’t you?
He followed it to Piccadilly bus station and went to the driver’s window, thinking he might get an apology.
But the bus driver, former police officer Neil Whittaker-Axon, leaned out and began repeatedly punching him, lifting him off the ground by his collar and smashing his sunglasses.Well, that’s a guaranteed prison sent…
Whittaker-Axon, 38, walked free from court having been found guilty of common assault by beating – after magistrates were told he had been made homeless after losing his job at bus firm Finglands.Awwww, bless! He’s clearly been punished enough….
Whittaker-Axon, now of Broom Lane, Levenshulme, told the court: "I was defending myself. I felt he had committed an offence and I wanted him to be arrested and charged with it."And, since you were no longer a police officer and therefore lacked a warrant card, you decided to…assault him?
He was fined £150 and ordered to pay £100 costs, £175 compensation and a £15 victim surcharge. The fine and compensation will come out of his benefits.In other words, we’re paying…
Chairman of the Bench Colin Thompson said: "It’s very sad. You’re not an ordinary person, you’ve been a public servant."I’ve a newsflash for your, your honour – there’s actually nothing out of the ordinary about public servants. It’s just their job…`