Thursday, June 30 2016

Five men on trial for racially aggravated criminal damage and assault

  A local paper, the Reading Post, reports on the trial of five men accused of verbal abuse and physical assault on an Asian taxi driver, and smashing up his cab. The incident occurred in January 2011, with the five men now appearing in court on charges of racially aggravated assault and racially aggravated criminal damage.

From the Reading Post:
“An Asian taxi driver was punched in the face and racially abused by five young men who smashed his cab after a row over a fare, a court heard.

“Reading Crown Court was told on Tuesday how Mohammed Ali was attacked after stopping outside Apex Plaza in Forbury Road on January 31, last year.
“Andrew Biart, 21, Jack Boswood-Nunn, 19, James Hodges, 22, Thomas Jackson, 22, and Maximillian Merrall-Wyre, 21, are charged with racially aggravated assault and racially aggravated criminal damage.
“The court heard that Mr Ali believed they were drunk and so told them he wanted £25 in advance to cover their fare but they eventually agreed to a £20 charge.
“The court was told the group handed over the £20 but one of the fivers was ripped in half. Mr Ali refused the note, and this caused some tension between the three passengers.
“It is alleged a couple of them then got out and made a phone call before the remaining one called them back in and they began their journey.
“Mr van Duyvenbode said Mr Ali noticed one of them was still on his mobile phone and turned on the intercom and heard them say, “Where are you? This f***ing **** wants us to pay up front”.
“He said Mr Ali stopped the cab outside Apex Plaza in Forbury Road. Mr Ali was then asked by the group to make another unspecified stop, for which he asked for a further £5.
“The court heard one of the group told Mr Ali to shut his mouth before they were joined in the cab by Jackson and Merrall-Wyre and the driver continued asking for the extra money.
“Mr van Duyvenbode said Merrall-Wyre then punched and threatened Mr Ali saying, “Move your cab you f***ing **** or I will f*** you up”.
“The court was told the group then became aggressive in the back of the cab before getting out, kicking the outside of the taxi. They tried to open the driver’s door before Mr Ali got out and all five punched him, causing bruising, said Mr van Duyvenbode.
“As Mr Ali tried to get back into the cab and close the door, two of the men forced it open, the court heard.
“This resulted in a stand-off with other Asian men armed with poles before police arrived, the court heard.”

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 March 2012 03:02

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