December 13 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
A 27-year-old man has been found guilty of pushing a 67-year-old passenger off an Ipswich bus causing injuries which have “ruined his life”.
Derek Thomson had denied inflicting grievous bodily harm on Frederick Fenn in December last year but was found guilty by a jury after a short trial at Ipswich Crown Court.
Sentence was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Thomson and for an up-to-date report on Mr Fenn’s current medical condition.
“His life has been ruined,” Robert Sadd, prosecution counsel, said.
Judge John Devaux allowed Thomson’s bail to continue but warned him that the fact he had asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on him was no indication as to the likely sentence in the case.
The court heard that Mr Fenn suffered “life-changing” injuries when he hit his head on the pavement after being pushed off a bus by Thomson in Defoe Road, Ipswich.
He spent several weeks in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, before regaining consciousness and being moved to Ipswich Hospital following the incident in December last year.
The court heard that Mr Fenn, who had been in the Navy and Merchant Navy, had been “independent, confident and active” but since the attack had been completely different and appeared to relatives to be “removed from reality”.
On the day of the incident Mr Fenn had been out for lunch and had got on a bus to go to his home in the Whitton area at around 6pm.
During the journey there was an incident between Mr Fenn and Thomson during which Thomson pushed Mr Fenn out of the bus causing his head to hit the pavement while the bus was at a standstill in Defoe Road.
In a statement read to the court, bus driver Jonathan Bethell said Mr Fenn had got off the bus but had then got back on again.
He described seeing Mr Fenn being pushed backwards by a man. “He pushed him backwards out of the open door of the bus,” Mr Bethell said.
He described the sound of Mr Fenn’s head hitting the ground as being like “a water melon hitting concrete” and said it was a sound he never wanted to hear again.
Giving evidence, Thomson of Riverside Road, Ipswich, claimed Mr Fenn had tapped him on the shoulder as he was getting off the bus and had sworn at him.
He claimed that after getting off the bus Mr Fenn had got back on it and had run at him and punched him in the mouth, causing a cut to his lip.
Thomson claimed he had pushed Mr Fenn away from him in self-defence and had not deliberately pushed him out of the door. He denied lying about being punched by Mr Fenn.