Monday 20 October 2014

Bus company bans man over racist outburst

Unprovoked attack captured on video

Published 21/04/2014 | 11:25

THE MAN who hurled racial abuse at a fellow passenger on a Dublin-bound bus has been barred from all services provided by the coach operator.

JJ Kavanagh & Sons confirmed that a picture of the unidentified man had been distributed to all of its drivers and they have been told to refuse him entry in the wake of the attack last week.

The company has also launched a review of how its drivers deal with such incidents.

On Friday, we revealed how father-of-three Yomi Ogunyemi, from Nigeria, was travelling from Kilkenny to Dublin when a man who appeared to be intoxicated boarded the vehicle and began the unprovoked attack.

Witnesses on board the bus said the attacker repeatedly called Mr Ogunyemi a “n****r” and told him to “f**k off back to where you came from”.

They also said the attacker kicked the victim in the hand and knocked his phone from his grasp during the journey.

Yomi Ogunyemi, who was racially abused on a bus to Dublin.
Picture Dylan Vaughan.
Yomi Ogunyemi, who was racially abused on a bus to Dublin. Picture Dylan Vaughan.

Mr Ogunyemi last night said he was “happy” that the man had been barred from travelling with the company in future.

He said: “People need to know that when you do something like this there are consequences.

“As long as people realise that they can't get away with things like this, it will stop.”

Passengers told the driver what was happening, while one – DCU student Jack Reardon – captured some of the vile tirade on video.

A spokesperson for JJ Kavanagh & Sons said that the driver called the gardai while the bus was stopped in Naas and approached the perpetrator and asked him to stop the abuse.

The man refused, so the driver called the gardai a second time after he had resumed driving the vehicle.

Gardai directed the driver to stop the coach and remove the man from the bus, but the spokesperson said he feared it would be dangerous to do so.

“The gardai instructed the driver to stop the coach on the hard shoulder and remove the drunken person from the coach.

“He felt it was too dangerous for both the man and other road users,” said the spokesperson.

The man later got off the bus at the next official stop at the Red Cow in Dublin

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