Sheffield bus attack victim slams court sentence

court snatch, John Heinlein

court snatch, John Heinlein

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A Sheffield bus driver viciously beaten by a passenger has slammed the lenient sentence handed down by a judge.

Violent criminal John Heinlein was handed a 12-month jail term, suspended for a year, after he admitted assaulting Nigel Robinson on his number 120 First bus outside a school in Ranmoor in November 2013.

The court heard Heinlein has nine previous convictions for 13 offences – including offences of violence such as assault, affray and wounding – and has previously served time in prison.

Mr Robinson today hit out at the sentence, saying he could have been killed.

He said: “I am shocked at the sentence. It’s an absolute disgrace. I’m totally disgusted.

“This man has destroyed me. I’ve got partial brain damage and massive neck problems.

“I’ve got nerve damage, which means sometimes I can’t feel my shoulder.

“In total, I’ve had to have five months off work and I’m still receiving treatment now.

“I can’t see me being able to work in another five years, because my health is deteriorating.

“He could have killed me. My head was on the pavement and my body was on the bus when he jumped on my neck.

“He should be in jail.”

Mr Robinson, aged 47, from Stocksbridge, has worked as a bus driver for 13 years.

He had pulled up at a bus stop outside Notre Dame High School when Heinlein boarded and tried to use an invalid bus pass.

When Mr Robinson challenged him and told him he would have to pay his fare or get off the bus, he was spat at, punched and stamped on in a brutal attack.

Mr Robinson said he could not remember anything about it, adding: “It all happened so quickly.”

He said it took six builders to drag 42-year-old Heinlein, of Bingham Court, Fulwood, off him.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene, while a witness followed Heinlein home while on the phone to police officers.

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