Another Indian driver assaulted in Australia

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 08:48

Melbourne: In yet another incident, a 25-year-old Indian cabbie was assaulted here by his two passengers.

Police have asked witnesses to come forward to help them catch a couple who bashed the driver in Melbourne. They have also released images of a couple involved in the attack in the city`s north on Saturday.

However, there is no evidence that the attack was
racially motivated, police said.

The Indian driver told police he called an ambulance
and was treated for facial injuries at the Northern Hospital
after the late night assault. He had stopped at the Summerhill
Hotel in Reservoir on Saturday around 1:25 am (AEDT) where
five people were asking for a ride.

He refused to carry them all, because of the car`s
legal capacity and instead only picked up a man and a woman
from the group. Police said the woman became angry at the
driver for refusing to take her friends with them.

The man then punched the driver as he pulled over on
Plenty Road and continued to assault him as the couple climbed
out of the cab.

The pair caught a tram and got off at a stop across
the street from the Rose Shamrock Hotel, continuing on foot
down a side street.

In the cab driver security camera footage, the man
is shown wearing a white T-shirt with a graphic design on the
front. The woman has her hair pulled back and is drinking a
beverage from an aluminium can.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 08:48

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