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Man who beat female bus driver gets jail

THE man who severely assaulted a female bus driver in May was sentenced to three years and six months in jail this morning after being found guilty on charges of causing a disturbance. The Baoshan District People's Court said the 32-year-old defendant, Shen Bo, got onto the wrong bus on May 13 and then beat the driver, Zhou Weiqin, when the bus did not stop where he was planning to go, causing serious injuries to the victim. But Shen was given a lenient sentence as he is suffering from depression and thus bearing limited criminal responsibility, said the court. Shen boarded bus No. 116 to go to Zhangjiabang in Baoshan District, not knowing it was an express line of the route and would not stop at Zhangjiabang. He was infuriated when the bus drove past his destination and slapped Zhou while she was driving the bus at 46 kilometers per hour. Zhou then pulled the bus to the Wusong Bridge to ensure the safety of the passengers, but Shen did not stop the assault. He even pushed Zhou off the bus and fled the scene. He was arrested by police on May 26 in a supermarket in the district, the court heard.

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