A Kamloops man who punched a transit worker in the face after being told he was too drunk to get on a bus won’t have a criminal record if he stays out of trouble for nine months.
Jesse Jules, 24, pleaded guilty in Kamloops provincial court on Thursday to one count of assault.
Jules and a woman were drunk at the North Kamloops transit exchange on April 20, court heard, when BC Transit supervisor Travis Waters approached the pair. Waters was in uniform and driving a marked BC Transit vehicle.
“He told them they would not be allowed to ride the bus,” Crown prosecutor Oliver Potestio said.
“In response, Mr. Jules punched Mr. Waters in the left eye through the open window of the vehicle he was driving.”
Potestio said Waters suffers headaches and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the punch and has not returned to work.
“It sounds like he has suffered some issues as a result of this incident,” Potestio said.
Jules has no previous criminal record.
Court heard Jules, who has spent his entire life in Kamloops, relies on the bus for transportation and has been using public transportation lately to apply for jobs.
Kamloops provincial court Judge Stella Frame granted Jules a conditional discharge and nine months of probation, meaning Jules will not have a criminal record if he completes the probation term without blemish.
Frame wished Jules well in his job hunt.
“Sometimes it takes something like this to make us wake up and do the right thing,” she said.