A man who threw bleach in a bus driver’s face in front of horrified passengers has narrowly avoided jail.
Barry Mason, 67, attacked and beat the driver and damaged the Perspex guard and flooring during the savage attack on June 19.
He was handed an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, reports the Hull Daily Mail.
At Hull Magistrates Court last week, Mason pleaded guilty to assaulting the driver, assault by beating and criminal damage.
Magistrates chose to hand Mason, of Estcourt Street, east Hull, a custodial sentence, albeit suspended, because the offence was so serious, it i
Acid and other noxious substance attacks have been in the news recently with a significant rise across the country.
New judicial guidelines have been introduced which means criminals caught with acid can expect to receive the same prison sentences as those convicted of carrying a knife.
Life sentences could be handed down to those who carry out “life-changing” acid attacks, even if they miss their target or fail to inflict serious harm on their victim.
Public concern has been mounting in London after a spate of acid attacks, some of which have caused serious injuries and disfigurement.
The number of crimes using acid or other “noxious substances” has more than doubled in London over the last three years while there have also been notable increases in other parts of England.
It is not clear whether Mason had the bleach in his possession to use as a weapon and it is not known how serious the victim’s injuries were.
Along with the suspended sentence, Mason has also been ordered to pay the cost of the damage which stands at £200.
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