Woman jailed for bus driver attack

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A SCARBOROUGH woman who admitted assaulting a bus driver and a pregnant woman has been sent to prison for four months.

Victoria Anne Macphail, 53, of Grosvenor Road, also admitted assaulting a customer information officer at York train station and harassing a neighbour from March 2010 until January 2011.

The Crown Prosecution Service also made an application to Scarborough magistrates for the defendant to be given a CRASBO, or criminal anti-social behaviour order.

Dawn Birkett, prosecuting, told the court how Macphail had harassed another resident in her block of flats by kicking her door, banging on the adjoining walls and shouting abuse at her in the corridor.

A statement from the complainant told how the defendant had screamed at her “You’re going to get it lady, you’re going to get your comeuppance”.

She added: “Her behaviour has intimidated me, scared me and left me on edge as to what she’s going to do next.”

The court also heard how Macphail had assaulted a Coastliner bus driver as she travelled back from York on November 9.

Mrs Birkett explained that it was 9.30pm and the driver had been following diversions along Ramshill owing to roadworks on Seamer Road.

The defendant approached him while he was driving and asked him if he knew where he was going. She was then verbally abusive towards him when asked to sit down.

After stopping the bus and asking her to leave, the driver said he approached her and gently placed his hand on her right upper arm to escort her off the bus.

In a police statement he said: “She struck me in the face twice, causing my face to bleed. She stood in front of me screaming and kicked me twice in the left shin.”

When police officers arrived they noted Macphail was intoxicated and unsteady on her feet and that she had a half-full bottle of wine in her possession.

The two other assault charges relate to spitting. The first happened on October 30 when she spat in the face of a worker at York train station.

The second incident took place at Scarborough train station on November 30 following an altercation with an off-duty member of staff who was five months pregnant.

Mrs Birkett explained that Macphail had directed an abusive comment at the woman, who later approached her and asked if she was all right.

The defendant is said to have then rolled her eyes and spat at her, causing spittle to land on her wrist.

Ian Brickman, mitigating, said his client had perceived a slight against her in all of these cases and had perceived that the behaviour of the other parties had been unacceptable.

He added that she had been receiving support from the mental health charity MIND and had faced some issues with alcohol.

Mr Brickman said his client, who had been in police custody since January 13, had lost her flat and had her pets taken off her by the RSPCA.

He also asked for the CRASBO application to be adjourned. This was granted and will be heard on February 18 at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Macphail was given a four-month prison sentence for each offence, to run concurrently. A 12-month restraining order was also made to stop her contacting the complainant in the harassment case.