A ROBBER has been jailed for four years after he targeted a bus driver and a young woman in separate attacks.
Paul Hudson, 37, left the bus driver with cuts and bruises to his face during the attack which took place late at night in the Middleton area of Leeds on January 4 this year.
Leeds Crown Court heard Hudson was a passenger on the bus and approached the driver when he stopped on Middleton Park Avenue.
Hudson opened the door to his cab and grabbed the cash register during a struggle.
He managed to run away but was identified and arrested. Hudson appeared before magistrates on March 29 this year and was granted bail until a sentencing hearing.
Peter Byrne, prosecuting, said Hudson then targeted a student in Leeds city centre less than an hour after leaving court.
He knocked the woman to the ground and took her mobile phone before running off.
Members of the public who witnessed the attack chased after him and detained him while police arrived.
Hudson, of Torre Gardens, Burmantofts, pleaded guilty to two offences of robbery.
James Littlehayles, mitigating, said Hudson accepted he was facing a prison sentence. He added that his client would welcome a period in custody so he could “straighten himself out”. Mr Littlehayles said Hudson committed the offences after lapsing into abusing drugs.
Judge James Spencer, QC, said: “Bus drivers do an incredible public service and have to be protected from the likes of you.”