THIS terrifying CCTV footage captures the moment a crazed thug battered a bus driver with a metal baton before smashing the windscreen to pieces during a vicious attack.
Larhys Fuller, 25, was caught on camera jabbing at the driver with the weapon after he was challenged for queue-jumping as he boarded the National Express bus in Birmingham.
The yob can then be seen getting off the bus before smashing the driver’s cab window with the collapsible baton, showering the petrified driver in glass.
Birmingham Crown Court heard Fuller carried out the violent assault on January 3 during a five-week reign of terror that saw him attack several drivers across the city.
One of his victims was so traumatised he had to take a lengthy period of absence from work after being stabbed in the hand with an Afro comb.
Fuller admitted 14 offences including assault, possession of an offensive weapon or bladed article, criminal damage, resisting arrest and possession of cannabis.
He was jailed yesterday for two-and-a-half years, ordered to pay £170 towards services for victims of crime and undertake a drug rehabilitation programme.
Sentencing, Recorder Simon Readhead described Fuller as a ‘menace’ to passengers.
He added: ‘The four people you assaulted were bus drivers doing an important job and they look for protection when people like you insult and abuse them.’
In the footage released by National Express West Midlands, Fuller, of no fixed abode, can be seen handing his pass to the driver.
But he is challenged for pushing past an elderly passenger who had been queuing and starts to verbally abuse the driver.
The thug then jabs the weapon through the hatch in the glass screen before striking the driver three times on the arm.
Fuller steps off the bus and paces around to the front of the bus and smashes the windscreen as the cowering worker reaches up to raise the alarm.
Tom Stables, managing director of National Express West Midlands, said afterwards: ‘The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority.
‘We welcome this sentencing, which gives a clear message that we will prosecute anybody who does not respect our drivers’ right to work without fear of assault or intimidation.’