Dandenong bus driver attack: pair sentenced to community correction orders
CCTV footage, released by police at the time in a public appeal to catch the culprits, shows the mother and daughter brutally assault Faavae Tuiloma after he dared to ask the pair to pay for their travel.
The attack happened on the 893 route from Cranbourne to Dandenong before shocked commuters in November last year.
The footage caused outrage among the community and the pair were forced to hand themselves into police.
Tahlya and Courtney Evans, aged 40 and 22 of Noble Park, fronted the Dandenong Magistrates' Court today where they each pleaded guilty to assault and damage charges.
Tahlya received an 18-month order while Courtney, who had no prior convictions, copped a 12-month order.
The court heard Mr Tuiloma endured a degrading beating, which saw the younger Evans attempt to squeeze his testicles during the attack.
Mr Tuiloma — a father of five who had been the bishop at his local church for five years — told media at the time he was left “rattled” and bleeding after the women attacked him as the bus stood outside Dandenong station.
“They were screaming and yelling at me,” he said.
“I said to them, ‘Why are you getting mad at me when I’m just doing my job?’.
“She said to me ‘you embarrassed me in front of those people’ ... all of a sudden she just punched me.”
The court heard Tahlya also assaulted another passenger on the bus who dared to tell the pair to leave the driver alone.
The passenger was called a slut before being punched in the upper body.
In another incident, the court heart Courtney lost her cool at a Noble Park youth welfare centre where she attacked, bit and spat on a worker.
The feral attack happened on February 18 when the troubled offender was told she did not fit the criteria to be given food vouchers. When she was offered food from the venue, Courtney lashed out, throwing a chair and brochures across the venue.
She bit the woman when she asked her to leave before punching another worker and spitting in the first woman's face.
“She's had a bad attitude,” she later told police of her victim.
In their defence, the court heard both the mother and daughter had endured shocking lives of assaults and violence and Courtney was her mother's full time carer.
Magistrate Jack Vandersteen said he took into account the women's terrible pasts and particularly Tahlya's history of mental illness and self harm.
He said a CCO would better help both of their mental and behavioural issues.