Bus traveller, aged 71, attacked his neighbour in dispute over queue
A PENSIONER -assaulted his next-door neighbour at Derby bus station after she challenged him for jumping the queue.
Clifford Boaler, 71, lunged at 55-year-old Susan Rodgers, grabbing her around the shoulders and shaking her after she told him "there are other people in the queue" when he tried to get on the bus.
Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court heard how the pensioner and Miss Rodgers had fallen out a number of times since he moved to the address, in Chaddesden, in February.
Following the assault, which was witnessed by her daughter, Lisa, the court was told that Miss Rodgers had "ongoing problems" with Boaler and urged magistrates' to hand him a restraining order.
Boaler, whom the court was told had cared for his ill wife for 27 years before she was sectioned for mental health problems, had pleaded not guilty to assault but was found guilty during a trial at the same court.
Chairman of the bench Malcolm Prentice handed him a 12-month community order with a supervision requirement.
He also ordered him to pay £50 compensation to Miss Rodgers, £455 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
He also gave Boaler, of Cardigan Street, a 12-month restraining order.
Mr Prentice said: "This assault on your neighbour was not targeted but it was wrong.
"The restraining order we are handing you means you cannot contact, directly or indirectly, Miss Rodgers for a period of 12 months."
Paul Bettany, prosecuting, said Boaler's assault happened on September 19.
He said Miss Rodgers and her daughter were in Derby city centre shopping and went to the station to catch their bus home.
Mr Bettany said: "They became aware of their neighbour Clifford and started to watch him as he sat on a seat.
"As soon as the bus arrived he jumped up and got on. Miss Rodgers shouted to him 'oi, there's a queue you know?'
"She said he ran towards her and grabbed her around both her shoulders and started shaking her.
"She was carrying bags in both hands and he was reliant on her daughter to get him off. She says since the assault she has been left scared and wary of people around her."
Mr Bettany said Miss Rodgers had been having problems with Boaler since February this year when he first moved in.
He said: "She has heard loud noises in the night coming from his house, shouting abuse aimed at her."
Mark Salt, for Boaler, said his client used to work at Rolls-Royce and had cared for his wife, who suffered mental health problems and attempted suicide three times, for 27 years until earlier this year.
Mr Salt said: "The council are looking at ways to move him away from the area."
"He is being treated himself for mental health problems."