Indian cabbie in Aus charged for assault

Last Updated: Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 10:01

Melbourne: Victorian police on Thursday arrested
and charged an Indian cabbie who allegedly knocked off his
passenger.

According to AAP report, the 25-year-old passenger
was involved in a heated argument with the cab driver around
10 pm (AEDT) yesterday as they pulled over in Acland Street in
southern Melbourne.

The report said a witness said the passenger tried
to walk away but the cab driver chased him down and had to be
restrained by security staff working at a nearby business.

The passenger kept walking away as the cab driver
then grabbed a baton from the boot of his cab, drove up next
to the passenger and allegedly starting striking the man
repeatedly with the weapon, the witness says.

"Within a few minutes, many other cab drivers, all
of them Indian, all turned up," witness Karen was quoted as
saying.

She said "And I could just see how out of hand this
is all getting.

Paramedics said they treated the passenger for
bruising and swelling to his upper body and took him to The
Alfred hospital in a stable condition.

The 32-year-old cab driver was arrested and later
charged with intentionally causing injury and two counts of
unlawful assault.

Police said they cannot discuss the case further
because the cab driver is facing charges before the courts.

He is expected to make a court appearance in
Melbourne Magistrates` Court at a later date.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 10:01

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