Glass smashed into woman’s face on bus

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A MAN who smashed a glass tumbler into a woman’s face on a bus was suffering mental health problems, a court has been told.

Other passengers thought Thomas Watson had left his seat to get off at the next stop, Livingston Sheriff Court heard.

Instead he stopped beside a female sitting near the front of the bus and struck her with the rim of the tumbler.

Safeena Rashid, prosecuting, said: “It hit her on the upper right of her face, narrowly missing her eye. The glass smashed upon impact and fell to the floor by the complainer’s seat.”

She said the woman was escorted off the bus and the driver called police.

Watson, 43, of Stenhouse Drive, appeared for sentence yesterday after earlier admitting assaulting Anne Stanczyk on the Edinburgh to Stirling bus at Linlithgow Bridge, West Lothian, on January 3.

Sentence was deferred for good behaviour.