A 32-year-old man that almost burnt a support worker and later the same day struck a female bus driver in the face has been given a new 18-month community order.
Jake Dunkling, of Nettlestone Green in Nettlestone, appeared in court on Tuesday charged with 2 separate offences, both of which occurred on 25th August this year.
It was at around 14:00 that afternoon that Dunkling was present at Inclusion in Newport. He was smoking inside the building and had been asked by staff to put his cigarette out. Raising his voice and using foul language, he refused. The centre’s manager then brought a glass of water out to stub the fag out with, but Dunkling knocked the glass out of his hand. It’s at this point that Dunkling was asked to leave, but he replied “not without my f*cking bus fare”.
Shockingly, Dunkling then attempted to stub his cigarette out on the face of the centre manager, who managed to knock Dunkling’s hand away preventing himself from being burnt.
Just 7 hours later, Dunkling was at Newport Bus Station trying to catch the Route 9 bus. Before the driver could board the vehicle, the 32-year-old walked on and was soon quizzed as to whether he had a ticket. He claimed he had lost it and became abusive, shouting at the female driver that he was homeless. It was at this point that Jake Dunkling threw his money at the driver and continued to shout abuse, using the word ‘c*nt’ multiple times.
A passenger from the upstairs of the bus confronted Dunkling, which aggravated the situation. With things escalating, Dunkling took a swing at the passenger but missed, hitting the bus driver in the face.
Oscar Vincent, defending, explained to the court that his client had suffered a determination in mental health in late 2020 and into 2021, which manifested itself between June and August – including an incident where Dunkling threw himself off a cliff. Mr Vincent said that Dunkling – who is now banned from Southern Vectis buses – recognises his behaviour was ‘entirely inappropriate’.
Probation provided an update on Dunkling’s progress to date, stating that he is currently on a methadone prescription and is due to go to rehab. They also said he is exploring religion and spirituality.
Jake Dunkling admitted both assault by beating and using threatening/abusive words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence. Magistrates revoked an existing community order and resentenced to an 18-month community order with 25 rehabilitation days attached. He was ordered to pay £100 compensation.
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