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US winemaker jailed for bus driver attack

An American man from a prominent wine-making family has been jailed for punching and kneeing a Sydney bus driver in a brutal attack that was caught on CCTv

Samuel Alan Smith, 27, left 57-year-old John Olsen with a broken nose, black eyes and cuts to his face after he attacked him at Scarborough Crescent, North Bondi, around 3.40am on September 23.There were no other passengers aboard at the time but the bus's security cameras filmed Smith as he rained blows on the hapless driver.Smith, who was working as a sommelier at Sydney's prestigious Testsuyas restaurant, lashed out at Mr Olsen after refusing to get off the bus at the end of its route. Smith kicked, punched and kneed the bus driver outside the vehicle, at one point grabbing him in a headlock.

After initially halting the onslaught he returned to kick Mr Olsen, who had retreated to the driver's seat.

Smith was arrested on September 27 after CCTV images of him were widely circulated in the media.

He admitted hitting Mr Olsen but told police that the bus driver had started the attack despite Smith not suffering any injuries.MagistrateJacqui Milledge told Smith, who comes from a well-known wine-making family in California's Napa Valley, that "it was an attack on a vulnerable person"."Bus drivers are vulnerable and passengers need to behave," she said.

Smith was sentenced to nine months jail but has said he will appeal the sentence.

John Olsen, who has been assaulted 11 times, has since retired.

Source: Nine News

Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Matthew Henry

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Added: Dec-17-2012 Occurred On: Dec-17-2012
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  • They are going to love that pony tail, when you go to jail
    'Look Mates! They've given us an American twat and it has a handle!'
    *loud round of applause drowned out muffled whimpers of "Please daddy help me!*

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  • I hope the unfortunate busdriver can sue this ponytailed wine-loving hippy for all he's got. A little bonus for his retirement.

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  • Good. Enjoy Long Bay Gaol. I've been there. You'll love how the wings are divided by race. White wings, aboriginal wings, Asian wings, even a gay wing known as The Blue Oyster Bar. Perhaps they'll supply you lodgings in the latter.

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    • @shemalescrotum i heard it Long Bay is segregated, probably a good thing.

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    • @shizzlemynizzle There's no segregation in the yard, but there is in the wings. It stops a lot of trouble breaking out. Each race has a representative (hard bastard) who sorts out probs with the other representatives before any explosion can occur. They get extra perks for keeping the peace this way, like home brew in their cells, pets etc. They're usually the sweepers, i.e. they get to steal everyone's shit when they're locked out in the yard.

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  • Sorry Australia. I assure you, most Americans are appropriately embarrassed by these self-entitled Californian animals.

    9 months is appropriate. I just hope that's not European style code-language that translates to 3 weeks...

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    • @ST0N3PONY
      Rich folks always seem to avoid jail somehow.

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    • @ST0N3PONY There is no time off for good behaviour or anything in NSW under ''Truth in Sentencing'' legislation. 9 months means 9 months, not a day less. The article doesn't mention any chance of parole, but why bother when handing out 9 months?

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    • @ST0N3PONY
      SELF-ENTITLED CALIFORNIA ANIMALS ?
      SOUNDS A LITTLE RED-NECKY TO ME.
      WHEN DID YOU BECOME JUDGE AND JURY ?

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  • rich American brat

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  • What do you expect from a greasy shitbag hippie with a ponytail? Besides, only students, elderly people and poor fucking trash ride the bus. I hated riding it when I was in university, it smelled like piss and there was always some disheveled lunatic harassing people. Bus drivers really do put up with a lot of bullshit, so don't ever give them shit if they're not the friendliest fucker on earth; their job can be pretty stressful.

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  • Spoilt brats from rich families think they can get off with everything. Nine month is not adequate! Jail the bastard for some years and make the family pay for the damage!

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  • His family runs Smith-Madrone winery. Boycott the shit out of this guy and his enabling parents.

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    • @ChuckYouFarley agreed. also its not just poor trash riding the bus, obviously this douche wasnt poor. i think the story is a little one sided, id love to hear what precipitated the ass kicking.

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  • I wanted to grab him by that poney tail and fucking rip his head back from out that bus sooooooooo bad

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    • @RogerHuerta666

      Put his head on the ledge and slam the door on his empty noggin.

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  • Another f*cking spoiled brat!

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  • Revoke his residency permit or VISA and deport the fucker after his jail sentence.

    or

    Drop his useless ass off in some remote part of the Northern Territory without water.

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  • I've got to say, most bus drivers are real cunts, he probably started it.

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  • stupid fucking moron.

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  • Spoiled little rich prick should spend more time in jail.

    Sorry Australia.
    We Americans are sick of idiots like this who cannot behave abroad.
    Lock this stupid fucker up!

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    • @fookalah
      the rich get off easy here.
      a poor person steals candy from walmart, goes to jail, a banker steals millions and gets a bonus.

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  • I do't what this is all about but a guy fighting with someone 30 years his senior just isn't right.
    Good thing he's going to appeal though - that way the judge might look at the situation and say,, 'hey you're right, nine months??? I think it should be two years"

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  • The cunt picked his mark,middle aged over weight bus driver
    .

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  • He kicks like a girl.

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  • Piece of shit junkie . He has nerve to appeal that gift ..daddy will hire lawyers and bail his piece of shit out again.

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  • After jail, give him community service as a bus driver on the shabbiest and most dangerous of routes for a year.

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  • what a fucking idiot!

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  • 9 months isn't nearly enough...fucking punk

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