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Man Jailed After Punching Taxi Driver

Friday July 25 2014

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

A MAN has been given a 14-week jail term after hitting a taxi driver - because the fare was going to be higher than he thought.

Gareth Clayton, 31, knocked David Leonard to the floor and the taxi driver's glasses were knocked off and ended up down a drain, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Susan Fisher, prosecuting, said Clayton's girlfriend urged him to punch the driver after it emerged the fare was going to be higher than envisaged.

Philip Howard, defending, said: "The taxi driver said he would have to charge extra because of the number of passengers and because there was a pram. Mr Clayton agreed to pay extra.

"Mr Clayton felt the taxi driver had not behaved professionally. He hit Mr Leonard on the side of the face and he fell to the ground."

District Judge John Foster said taxi drivers were vulnerable, and said he was jailing Clayton because of the ferocity of the blow, because there had been no provocation and because of Clayton's bad record for violence and disorder.

Clayton, of Holden House, Race Street, Barnsley, admitted assault.

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Reply Posted by plod on Friday July 25 2014 at 11:37
Thats good, glad he,s off the streets for a while. As this clever sod has a record for violence,why not send out his photo to taxi ranks and they could ban him.

Reply Posted by ? on Friday July 25 2014 at 14:41
Good another off street, although never heard of been charged extra for a pram, i never have been

Reply Posted by June on Friday July 25 2014 at 16:58
Now that's what deserves a custodial sentence.

Reply Posted by July on Friday July 25 2014 at 17:33
His bird should have got summat n al for egging him on.

Reply Posted by ???? on Friday July 25 2014 at 18:32
Can anybody tell me how no of passengers = extra charge, taxis licensed to carry a certain no of passengers price should be same if carrying 1 or 4 people,

Reply Posted by Rubydoo on Friday July 25 2014 at 19:28
Glad he's been locked up, he sounds a nasty piece of work. As for the girlfriend, she sounds a nutter egging him on. As July has said above she should have got something too.

Reply Posted by x on Saturday July 26 2014 at 03:12
The only way they could get charged more for the fare is if they booked a car and there was more than 4 people so then they would need a mini bus they don't get charged extra for ore that one person or even a pram. The taxi driver shouldn't have been assaulted but he shouldn't have ripped the customer off either. I used to work for a taxi company so I know how fares work

Reply Posted by ? on Saturday July 26 2014 at 11:07
X I thought fare rates were set by barnsley council, and they were the same for a taxi or mini bus, are you saying that if they sent a car and they required a minibus they would charge a fee for the car as well,assuming they never said they had more than 4 people to pick up. And this is not a show of support for the man, glad hes off streets

Reply Posted by ? on Wednesday July 30 2014 at 08:34
More censorship by wab why keep removing comments, aren't we allowed an opinion or a voice that differs from yours we aren't all sheeple