Coffee tosser pleads guilty to assault

They came together in the morning crush of commuters bustling through Union Station for the GO train.

They came together in the morning crush of commuters bustling through Union Station for the GO train.

Michael Beline was hurrying to his job as an elementary teacher in Durham Region.

Christine Bedford, a customer service represen-tative, was also on her way to Track 4A. She had a fresh coffee in her hand.

Suddenly, the two strangers were together in the crowd. Beline thinks he may have cut ahead of her.

The next thing he remembers is her angry voice, saying, “Don’t you f---ing cut me off.”

He turned toward the voice and the woman threw the contents of her coffee cup in his face.

“I suffered second-degree burns,” the 30-year-old Annex resident said of the April 9, 2008, incident. “I had burns at the tip of my eyelids. It was quite severe.”

Yesterday, Bedford, 58, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm, a lesser offence than the aggravated assault charge she originally faced.

Provincial Court Justice Bruno Cavion was not impressed. “Either she’s insane or she’s evil,” he told Bedford’s lawyer, demanding further explanation for her conduct.

The judge accepted a joint recommendation for a suspended sentence, 12 months probation and restitution of $1,500 — part of which will go to Beline.

 
 
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