'Drunk, stupid' the reason for assault on bus driver

A MAN who assaulted a courtesy bus driver after downing up to 20 vodkas in three hours has been fined in Gladstone Magistrates Court.

Jordan Ross Hoiberg pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst in company, after an incident between 12.30am and 1am on February 22.

Hoiberg had been a patron on the Tannum Sands Hotel courtesy bus when the driver pulled over to let people out because of an argument taking place between patrons, police prosecutor Nina Sulzer told the court last week

The 42-year-old bus driver moved to the side of the bus, but Hoiberg grabbed him and punched him in the left eye area.

Hoiberg told police in a later interview that he remembered grabbing the victim, but that was all he could recall.

He admitted he'd had between 15 to 20 vodkas at the hotel over the course of about three hours.

Hoiberg returned to the hotel after the incident to apologise to the victim, but could not locate him.

"Drunk, stupid," was the explanation Hoiberg offered for his actions.

He agreed with Magistrate Russell Warfield that the driver shouldn't have to put up with such violent behaviour while simply doing his job.

"If it happens again you will face a term of imprisonment. There's no excuse for this," Mr Warfield told Hoiberg.

Hoiberg avoided a conviction being recorded, but was fined $1500 for the offence, as well as being ordered to pay $500 compensation for pain and suffering to the victim. 



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