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Trainee chaplain's son punched taxi driver over fare dispute

A TRAINEE chaplain’s son has been ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work after punching a taxi driver in a dispute over a fare.

A TRAINEE chaplain’s son has been ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work after punching a taxi driver in a dispute over a fare.

Student chef Ryan Andrews had been returning from a night out when he became embroiled in an argument with victim Marouf Gafouri on the morning of January 20.

The court heard that the 22 year-old, of Chilcott Close, Hall Green, had punched Mr Gafouri through the open driver side window after being told the agreed fare of £15 would increase to £18.

Gez Newsome, prosecuting, said Andrews had then chased after the taxi as it tried to drive away, hitting and damaging the window with a bottle.

Alan Bryce, defending, said his client, who admitted the attack, had been going through an “emotional downturn” at the time and had just split up with his first girlfriend.

“Combined with the alcohol, combined with the outrage over what had been said...”

Mr Bryce added: “His father is disappointed, particularly when Ryan is working hard. This young man does have potential.”

Andrews was handed a 12 month supervision order, with 21 days victim awareness course, and ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and pay £250 in compensation and £145 in costs.

 

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