A BUS driver was punched in the nose as he explained to a man that passengers were not being taken on board because the bus was out of service.
The 19-year-old will be sentenced next week for assault and charges of being drunk and threatening at a nearby shop on the same date.
Leigh O’Connor pleaded guilty to the charges against him.
Sergeant Pat Lyons said that gardaí were notified on June 24 of a man acting aggressively at Parnell Place.
Gardaí arrived to find a highly intoxicated man whose speech was slurred.
It was reported to gardaí that a bus driver had been assaulted by Leigh O’Connor.
This occurred when the bus driver was getting off the bus.
The driver was approached by the accused who was trying to get on to the bus.
The driver explained to Leigh O’Connor that the bus was out of service and would not be taking on any passengers.
The driver then proceeded to step out of the bus.
“The defendant hit him in the nose with a closed fist,” Sgt. Lyons said.
On the same day, there was a complaint from the nearby Spar shop on Parnell Place of a man selecting a number of items and then getting aggressive with staff.
He also pulled the plastic cover from a lottery terminal.
Eddie Burke, solicitor, said the young man had been trying to get a document in relation to his participation in a treatment centre.
Judge Olann Kelleher agreed to adjourn sentencing and remanded Leigh O’Connor in custody for a week.
The address on the charge sheets for the accused was given as St. John’s Terrace, World’s End, Kinsale.