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Jail for man who ​spat at a bus driver and brandished a knife

News   •   Oct 08, 2020 06:00 BST

Michael Peterson

A man who spat at a bus driver and brandished a knife has been jailed.

Michael Peterson 53 (13.06.67) of Birkbeck Road, N17, was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Wednesday, 7 October, to 12 months’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour and possession of an offensive weapon.

The court heard Peterson boarded a bus in High Road, Tottenham on July 27 at 03.40 hours and was challenged by the driver as he had not paid.

Peterson then walked up to the driver’s security shield and made a number of offensive remarks before spitting at the screen. He then produced a large kitchen knife from under his jacket.

Police were called to the location and arrested Peterson a short time later.

Police Constable Chris Bowman, of the Met’s Road and Transport Policing Command, said: “This was a despicable incident in which a bus driver was threatened and abused for simply doing his job.

“Bus drivers provide a vital public service and I am glad the seriousness of Peterson’s aggressive behaviour has been recognised through the imposition of a custodial sentence.”