Birmingham Man Jailed For Spitting At Bus Driver Claiming He Had Coronavirus

A Birmingham man who spat at a bus driver and told her he was infected with the deadly Coronavirus has been jailed.

The 43 year old from Bristol Road South, Northfield, boarded the 126 bus in the city on 14 April and allegedly refused to pay the travel fare.

When he was told he had to pay for the ride, he became aggressive and spat at the driver and at her cab screen, the court heard.

Haynes admitted battery and was sentenced to 17 weeks in prison At Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

National Express West Midlands welcomed the custodial sentence and said it would not tolerate such behaviour against its staff.

“Our drivers continue to provide a lifeline to frontline workers during these difficult times and they should not be expected to tolerate this shocking behaviour”.