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Bus rageincidentends injail term



A BILAMBIL man who took a baseball bat and smashed the window of a school bus packed with students earlier this year has been sentenced to three months jail.

Todd John Connolly, 22, yesterday pleaded guilty in Tweed Heads Local Court to assault and malicious damage in relation to an incident in Banora Point on August 26.

In facts tendered to court, police said Connolly had smashed the bus after it crossed an intersection along Fraser Drive on its morning school run.

Connolly passed through the same intersection moments later and followed the bus, passed it - crossing to the wrong side of the road - cut in front and stopped the bus in Leisure Drive. He then stepped out of his car and swung a baseball bat at the bus driver several times, smashing a window over him before driving off.

The Tweed Heads Local Court heard yesterday that Connolly had been on a 15-month good-behaviour bond since June 2003 after he was convicted of malicious wounding.

Yesterday Connolly also pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a prohibited drug in relation to incidents in Tweed Heads and Bogangar in January, using offensive language in a public place and maliciously destroying property.

His lawyer said Connolly had feared the bus would hit him. He said his client had been working to overcome his problems.

Magistrate Jeff Linden said Connolly had a documented history of anger resulting in offences against people.

"You can imagine the fear on that bus as a result of that incident," he said.

Mr Linden revoked the good-behaviour-bond and sentenced Connolly to several terms of three months jail to run concurrently.



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