16-year-old detained after attack on bus driver

A 16-year-old boy has been detained after he physically assaulted a bus driver in the Flemish Brabant town of Halle. The bus driver is unable to work for several days as a result of the injuries he suffered in the attack.  

The driver was on his way to the Don Bosco Institute in Halle when the attack occurred. On the way to the school a 16 year-old boy was causing a nuisance on the bus. When the boy got off the driver spoke to him. However, as Carol Vercarre of the Halle-Vilvoorde Judicial Authorities explained to VRT News, the driver’s comments were not well-received.  

"The boy became aggressive straight away. He threatened the driver with a weapon that afterwards turned out to be fake. Then he completely flipped and he punched the driver a couple of times”. After the fight the boy went into school. There two he was aggressive. He threatened another pupil to make him conceal the fake weapon and put up a lot of resistance when police tried to arrest him”.

Extra checks

In the wake of the incident De Lijn is to increase checks on passengers using its bus services in and around Halle. De Lijn’s Astrid Hulhoven told VRT News

"Over the next few days we will carry out more inspections as our drivers have been badly affected by what has happened”

The 16-year-old from Sint-Pieters-Leeuw that carried out the attack will appear before a juvenile magistrate today. The Judicial Authorities have ask for him to be place in custody at a secure centre for young offenders.