Bermuda Violence | bus driver beaten in broad daylight

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From The Royal Gazette
By Gareth Finighan
Published Feb 11, 2014

Juliet Pearman-Tucker, who has worked as a bus driver for 15 years, suffered from facial bruising and a sprained shoulder in the attack and is likely to be off work for the rest of the week.

Ms Pearman-Tucker said she was heading into Hamilton from the west end when she stopped to pick up two passengers outside the Henry VIII Pub shortly after 11am.

A woman believed to be in her 20s boarded the bus and told the driver she was transferring from another vehicle.

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Hamilton Bus Depot in Bermuda.

When Ms Pearman-Tucker pointed out that she would have to pay a fare, the passenger ignored her and sat down.  The confrontation escalated after Ms Pearman-Tucker said she would call the police if the passenger did not disembark.

The driver claims that when she took out her cell phone and began dialing a number, the passenger got up from her seat, ran to her and began trying to wrestle the phone from her.

In the ensuing violence, Ms Pearman-Tucker was punched in the face.

“I was completely shocked, I just didn’t see it coming. I just feel so embarrassed and humiliated by the whole experience.

“We had tourists on-board and they felt embarrassed for me.”

The Royal Gazette understands that a suspect has been arrested and is expected to appear before the courts shortly.

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