December 10 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 10, 2013
A man who pushed a 67-year-old passenger off an Ipswich bus causing injuries which have ruined his life has been jailed for three years.
Sentencing 27-year-old Derek Thomson a judge described his behaviour shortly before the attack on Frederick Fenn last December as “boorish” and said he had been younger and fitter than Mr Fenn.
He said Mr Fenn had taken exception to something Thomson said to him and after getting off the bus he had got back on to confront Thomson.
Thomson, of Riverside Road, Ipswich, had denied inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Fenn but was found guilty by a jury after a trial at Ipswich Crown Court and sentence was adjourned until yesterday.
During the trial 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.
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 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.
Thomson 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.
Ian Duckworth for Thomson said his client accepted he was going to prison and the only question was how long the sentence was going to be.