THE man accused of ripping a Gold Coast bus driver from his seat and bashing him on the roadside last week has been granted bail on the condition he leaves the city.
Jean-Adelphe Lasm, 20, is accused of dragging the 63-year-old senior Surfside bus driver from his seat and onto the bitumen in a violent rage and repeatedly punching him in the head following a dispute over a fare in Southport last Friday.
The driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
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It’s alleged the violent disturbance initiated when the Benowa man’s Go-card failed and the bus driver was unable to change a $50 note.
Bianca Stone from Channel Seven reported the young man’s defence team argued the driver of the bus provoked the attack with a racial slur, allegedly telling Lasm, “get off the bus you little c… you lot are all the same.”
Mobile phone footage captured the incident, as did the CCTV camera on the bus.
Following intense public pressure, the 20-year-old handed himself into police on Sunday and was charged with serious assault of a person over the age of 60.
As part of his strict bail conditions, Lasm – a sound engineer university student – has been ordered to leave the Gold Coast and live with his sister in Sydney.
He was further banned from Surfside buses, slapped with a late night curfew, ordered to pay a $5000 bail, and will be required to report to police three times a week.