Man 'knocks the f--k' out of 82-year-old bus passenger
A "CHIVALROUS” elderly man was held in a bear hug and forced off a bus after he stood up to a drunk passenger who swore around children and disabled people.
When police arrived at the Mooloolaba bus stop, the man's attacker Jeffery Gunn told them, "I just knocked the f--- out of that guy”.
"That guy” was an 82-year-old man who had caught the bus from the Mooloolaba Bowls Club and sparked up a conversation with Gunn, 37, on November 26 last year.
Police prosecutor Phillip Stephens told Maroochydore Magistrates Court Gunn was drinking alcohol from a mug when he stood up and started shouting things about the Sunshine Coast area, that it was a "f--king s--- place... a bunch of c----”.
The victim said, "Shut your mouth, I don't take that language from you or anybody else in public”.
Sergeant Stephens told the court Gunn then grabbed him in a "bear hug” around the neck and dragged him to the open bus door, where the victim struggled as Gunn tried to throw him from the vehicle. Both men fell out in the scuffle.
The court heard both men threw punches and the victim was cut and seriously bruised.
Sgt Stephens told the court a girl with Down syndrome was knocked over and hit her head in the scuffle, but immediately fled in fright.
Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said she found it "difficult to stomach” Gunn's "absolutely appalling” behaviour. She said the victim was "being very chivalrous and gallant in this community”. "Thank god he didn't die... you'd be here for manslaughter,” Ms Baldwin said. "He looks frail but obviously he is more feisty than others his age.”
Defence lawyer James Allen told the court Gunn had moved from Papua New Guinea to Australia as a child and completed Year 12 at Caloundra Christian College.
He told the court Gunn, of Aroona, had an issue with getting drunk off cheap port wine and that he had consumed four bottles in the day before and day of the assault.
Gunn pleaded guilty to the serious assault of a person aged over 60.
Ms Baldwin said it carried a harsher penalty than if the assault were against a younger victim.
He was sentenced to six months' prison, wholly suspended for three years and ordered to pay $200 compensation.