Man urinated on bus in front of other passengers

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A man who urinated on a bus in full view of other passengers has been jailed for four months.

Gerard Patrick Mullen, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to causing damage to the bus and indecent behaviour on April 29.

The 30-year-old also pleaded guilty to stealing alcohol from two supermarkets between January 14 and March 8.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard that Mullen was on a bus travelling to the city from Belfast.

He ‘dropped his trousers’ and began urinating on the bus in front of the other passengers.

The court heard the bus had to be removed from service and a deep clean of the vehicle cost Translink £100.

None of the passengers present on the bus made a statement of complaint, however the incident was captured on CCTV.

The 30-year-old also admitted stealing cider from Supervalu and a bottle of vodka from Sainsburys.

On both occasions, he left the store without paying for the alcohol and was identified by police after they viewed security footage.

Defence counsel Eoghan Devlin told the court his client has been in custody since May.

He said Mullen made full admissions to all the offences during police interview and urged the court to give him credit for his early plea.

District Judge Barney McElholm jailed Mullen for a total of four months.

He also ordered the 30-year-old to pay £100 compensation to Translink, £9.56 to Supervalu and £15.99 to Sainburys.