Published: Wednesday November 19, 2014
Saturday, August 2nd, it seemed like a normal day for the passengers of a local bus service in Chester.
But Christopher Plant ensured it became a memorable one.
On a bus full of passengers, Plant 'saw red'. In a fit of rage, he exited the bus and proceeded to violently attack Danny Buckley, a white van driver. What was the cause of this animosity? Mr Buckley was driving in the bus lane (accidentally, according to his lawyer). This may seem a huge overreaction to you and I, but given Plant's background, things become a little clearer.
District Judge, Michael Abelson, described Plant as a 'violent' man and questioned the sense in employing a man to drive a bus given that he was banned from driving as recently as January 2010. Plant's previous convictions include assault, criminal damage, battery involving a baseball bat and drink driving. He was even wearing a tag when he turned up at work! The mind truly boggles.
A criminal record check and driving licence would have told the company employing Plant everything they needed to know about his suitability to drive a public bus. A laissez faire approach to properly vetting employees cannot be tolerated; it's criminal.
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