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BUS PERV GETS TWO YEARS JAIL; Driver pestered girls.

A LATE-NIGHT bus driver who made lone female passengers flash their breasts before he'd drop them off was jailed for two years yesterday.

Edward O'Donnell, 34, refused to open the door for two friends until a frightened 16-year-old "got them out".

The driver said it was the "least she could do" after he left his route to drop off the girl and her 15-year-old pal.

At Haddington Sheriff Court yesterday, fiscal Angus Reith said O'Donnell told the older girl: "You're distracting me, put your t**s away and stop leaning over."

When he stopped the bus, he made her pull down her top and bra twice because he "didn't get a good look" the first time, the court heard.

Mr Reith said: "She said she wasn't going to expose herself but he said `You're not getting off till you do'."

Later that night, O'Donnell tried to coax another young woman to flash her breasts as a thank- you for giving her a lift. He made lewd suggestions and asked the 20-year- old about her breasts, then said he was due a kiss for dropping her off outside her house.

O'Donnell, of Mayfield, Midlothian, admitted making indecent remarks and suggestions and breach of the peace on buses out of Edinburgh.

Sheriff David Mackie told him: "I am deeply concerned about the sinister and menacing sexual nature of this offence. It is to be abhorred and that should be reflected in your sentence."

The Crown accepted not guilty pleas to charges of sexual assault and exposing himself in public. O'Donnell, who has previous convictions dating back to 1985, was sacked by First Bus.
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