Bus passenger pretended to make child sex call
A MAN on a bus who faked a phone call about child sex and scared a female passenger was told by a magistrate to mind his language in future.
Jobless David Hunt made his comments after sitting next to a 28-year-old woman, although there were vacant seats on the service from Stapleford to the city centre, Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard.
As the bus approached the Queen’s Medical Centre, Hunt could be heard saying: “Have you got the 13-year-old girl? I am so excited thinking about having sex with her.”
He was reported, but police later confirmed the phone was not connected at the time. However, he was charged with harassment.
Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said Hunt looked straight at the woman beside him as the bus reached Canning Circus.
“She would have liked to have challenged the defendant but felt too scared. She didn’t want to experience anything like that again,” said Mr Pietryka.
Hunt, 43, of Windsor Crescent, Stapleford, was identified using on-board cameras.
He was given an 18-month conditional discharge after admitting harassment on July 24 last year. He must pay £250 prosecution costs and a £15 government surcharge.
Magistrate Richard Davis, who sat with two other JPs, told him: “Basically, you have got to be very careful about what you say and what you do.
“You could end up in prison if you are not careful.”
Amanda Parker, in mitigation, said a report showed that Hunt had “mild learning difficulties” and did not understand the seriousness of the comments when later questioned.