A man drank 20 pints of Stella then bit a security guard in the leg after an altercation with a bus driver in Hull.
Anthony Anderson, 43, claimed he was standing up for a friend on the bus who was being ‘picked on’, but his confrontation with the driver led to him being spoken to by security guards at Hull Paragon Interchange.
Hull Magistrates’ Court heard how Anderson became aggressive and ‘squared up to the complainant’, who was joined by a colleague trying to remove him.
But the situation ‘escalated’, Prosecutor Colette Dixon said, and the pair ended up ‘wrestling’ on the ground, where Anderson bit him on the leg and punched him in the face.
The victim managed to radio British Transport Police, who came and arrested Anderson.
The guard suffered a bruised and swollen lip, and red marks and bruises on his leg where he had been bitten, Mrs Dixon said – to which Anderson sat shaking his head at the back of court.
Asked about the shouting and swearing when he got off the bus, Anderson said he felt ‘intimidated’ by the security guards, and said they had sworn at him, which he ‘didn’t think was reasonable, and that made him angry’.
Anderson said he had tried to bite the security guard because he was ‘frightened’, and also claimed he had been punched in the face and stomach while on the ground.
Anderson received an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, was ordered to do 50 hours of unpaid work, and pay £100 compensation, as well as £85 costs and a £105 surcharge.
The money will be deducted from his benefits at £10 a fortnight.