A TEENAGER was found guilty of assaulting a man on a bus who had, on the day of the attack, been convicted of assaulting him.
The 17-year-old from Nomansheath, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of assaulting and using threatening language towards Ben Thomas Rogers, 20, from Whitchurch at Chester Magistrates Court.
The teenager’s 19-year-old brother was also found guilty of using threatening, insulting language towards Mr Rogers.
Mr Rogers had, earlier on September 21, been convicted of assault after headbutting the younger brother and causing criminal damage to their mother’s car. He received a 12 month suspended sentence and 200 hours community service following the hearing at Chester Magistrates Court.
Prosecuting Jackie Lamb said that Mr Rogers and two others had got the bus back from court in Chester that day, and were travelling through Malpas when they saw the brothers through the window.
Mr Rogers told the court: “(The older brother) was standing by the window giving us a load of jip through the window, making faces and calling us muppets and that.”
He said that when the bus stopped, the youngest brother, followed by the older one, barged on to the bus.
The younger brother hit Mr Rogers on the side of the head. Mr Rogers said that that he grabbed hold of both brothers by their collars while both of them repeatedly punched him. It was only when the bus driver shouted at them that they left the bus.
During the case the court was shown a video from a mobile phone which showed the incident.
Defending, Stephen Edwards said: “On the video you can clearly see (the older brother) making faces through the window, but you can also hear a loud goading voice which says ‘200 hours community service’, mocking those through the window.”
He said to Mr Rogers: “You were telling them that you had got away with it, that you had only got 200 hours community service for an offence which could have got you sent to prison.”
Magistrates chairman Michael Perkins sentenced the 17-year-old to an 18-month conditional discharge, fined him £150 and ordered him to pay £100 compensation to his victim.
The older brother was fined £150, ordered to pay £150 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.