Man launches unprovoked attack on bus station worker

A Mansfield man will be sentenced this month after admitting launching an unprovoked verbal onslaught with threats of violence on a bus station worker.

Town magistrates were told how Robert Faulkner (53), of Newgate Lane, Mansfield, threatened to slash the throat of the Mansfield Bus Station conductor randomly and without warning on 1st October.

Robert Carr, prosecuting, said: “He was approached by Mr Faulkner, who asked him where he could catch a bus to Bull Farm.

“Without warning Mr Faulkner began to abuse him, saying ‘get your hands out of my face - I will have you.’

Mr Carr told the court how Faulkner was escorted from the station after making numerous threats but returned.

“He came back and said ‘I am going to get a blade,’” he said.

“This went on for about 20 minutes until Mr Faulkner left the area.”

Faulkner accepted the worker’s version of events during police interview after being arrested but said he had no intention of carrying out his threats and had anger management issues.

Chris Perry, defending, said: “Mr Faulkner says the victim did nothing wrong - it was just his reaction that was inappropriate.

“Mr Faulkner has some issues which he has been dealing with recently.”

Mr Perry went on to tell the court how Faulkner had been subject to a brain injury as a baby.

A magistrate released Faulkner on bail on the condition that he must not go to Mansfield Bus Station or contact the victim,

He is due back at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court for sentencing on 23rd October.