Burnley man attacked taxi driver in row over fare
5:47pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
A passenger who attacked and injured a taxi driver in a row over a £2 fare is awaiting sentence by Burnley magistrates.
The court heard Tony Bruce, 39, who had been to a christening, pushed Syed Hussain Kazmi twice and held him against the minibus he had been driving.
The victim had to go to hospital and took four days off work.
Jobless Bruce, of Leven Street, Burnley, admitted assault by beating on April 20.
He was bailed until August 16, for a pre- sentence report and the bench told him they were looking at a medium community penalty.
Alex Mann, prosecuting, said Mr Kazmi had picked up some passengers in Lowerhouse, Burnley, and asked for £2 more when he dropped them off in a hotel car park.
Bruce refused to pay the extra money, shouted at his girlfriend and swore at the taxi driver.
He then assaulted Mr Kazmi, leaving him in severe pain.
The victim had to go to hospital for an X-ray and was told to take painkillers.
Mrs Mann said the victim’s neck and cheeks were swollen.
He had a high temperature and said he could not go to work for four days.
The defendant had convictions, mainly in the 1990s.
Catherine Fell, for Bruce, said he had been given a conditional caution, but could not pay the £100, as he only had £31 a week to live on.
He had been drinking and got angry as he had already paid the taxi driver £10.
The solicitor added: “It’s out of character for him.”