A thug carried out a brutal attack on a packed bus during a row over a “drug deal gone wrong” – while on bail over his role in the callous theft of a mobile phone from a man dying on the street.
Dale Walker headbutted Daniel Flood with such force that he knocked out his two front teeth.
The defendant is seen on CCTV headbutting Daniel Flood, who recovers his teeth from the floorGlenda Beck, prosecuting
Walker admitted a charge of common assault when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on a videolink from Northumberland Prison yesterday.
The 25-year-old is currently serving a jail term for handling stolen goods after taking the phone to sell on that pal Scott Stephenson had snatched from a 22-year-old man who was slumped in a back lane in South Shields last December.
The pair had seen the victim fall after leaving a Metro station in Chichester with him, and when they returned half an hour later, 19-year-old Stephenson rifled through his pockets as Walker watched on.
The victim was found dead the following morning, with his cause of death believed to be hypothermia.
Stephenson was jailed for two years and Walker for 10 months at Newcastle Crown Court in May.
Walker, of Victoria Road, South Shields, was jailed for 16 weeks for his latest offence and ordered to pay compensation of £3,500 to the victim.
The court heard that Walker had boarded the E2 bus to confront Mr Flood after he had been given £20 by Walker’s 19-year-old pal Callum McCauley to buy legal highs, but had failed to purchase the substance.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “On March 19, a heated argument took place on the bus.
“At 3.55pm, 20 to 25 passengers boarded the bus. Flood got on by himself and Walker and his friend also boarded.
“The defendant is seen on CCTV headbutting Daniel Flood, who recovers his teeth from the floor.”
Christopher Brown, defending, said: “The injured party has not co-operated with police, perhaps unsurprisingly as this was a drug deal gone wrong.
“Dale Walker was frank with police. He accepts he lost self-control.”