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Bus attacker Gary Bradley bit OAP's fingertip off

A man who bit off part of a 64-year-old woman's finger after she tried to stop him attacking another man on a bus has been jailed for four years.

Drunken Gary Bradley punched and bit Brian Thomas on the bus in Greenock, on 22 October last year, after he tried to stop him pestering a teenage girl.

When Kathleen Hainey tried to stop the fight, Bradley, 29, bit the tip off the little finger of her left hand.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, he was jailed after admitting both attacks.

Jailing him, judge Lady Rae told Bradley: "This was an appalling, unprovoked attack on two innocent members of the public who were acting essentially as Good Samaritans."

'Drunken attentions'

She added: "One was a 43-year-old man who was simply trying to stop you pestering a young woman who was clearly disinterested in your drunken and unwanted attentions.

"The second person was a 64-year-old lady who bravely tried to intervene to stop the fight."

Lady Rae added: "Not satisfied with biting the man, you reacted to her attempts to stop the fight by biting the tip of her finger off, resulting in operative treatment which led to amputation of part of her finger."

The judge told Bradley, formerly of Greenock, that he would have faced a six-year prison term, but for his early guilty pleas.

She ordered that his four-year sentence should run consecutively to a nine-month jail term he is already serving.

It also emerged that Bradley, who said he was an actor, had previously been sentenced to five years detention for serious assault.

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