UPDATE: A 25-year-old homeless Surfers Paradise man who pleaded guilty to striking a 47-year-old Gold Coast bus driver in the face has claimed the driver insulted him.
Boden Halliday was arrested overnight and charged with common assault, accused of backhanding a Surfside bus driver in the face shortly after 11am last Saturday.
Halliday claims he became agitated when his Go-Card didn’t work but got on the bus anyway. His solicitor alleges his client’s anger escalated when the driver apparently called him a “dead (expletive)” and told him to “get a job”.
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The Gold Coast Bulletin reports other passengers overheard Halliday plotting revenge on the driver and watched in shock as he backhanded the driver while exiting the bus.
Southport Magistrates Court heard Halliday suffered from personal and borderline psychological issues. He will be sentenced on May 19.
EARLIER: A Surfers Paradise man is due to face court today for an alleged attack on a Surfside bus driver last weekend.
The 25-year-old is accused of lashing out at the 47-year-old male driver on March 29.
He has been charged with common assault and is expected to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court today.
Yesterday, Police confirmed a 21-year-old Labrador man had also been charged over the incident.
He is accused of public nuisance and is due to front court until April 17.
It will be alleged around 11.10am last Saturday, the two men attempted to get on a bus on Remembrance Drive without paying.
When challenged by the bus driver, one of the men allegedly struck the driver in the face.
A woman, who paid her bus fare, was allegedly with the men at the time.
Watch the exclusive arrest footage on Nine Gold Coast News tonight at 5.30.