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Crazed passenger tried to gouge taxi driver's eye out following disagreement

11 Jul 2019


A man has admitted trying to gouge an Aberdeen taxi driver’s eye, in a fit of rage following a disagreement about where he was being dropped off.

Taxi passenger, Akter Miah, 34, was in the back of Joney Joey Thanabalasingham’s vehicle on route to a job interview on Saturday 4 May, when he “lost his temper” and began shouting and swearing.

When the taxi came to a stop, Miah grabbed the driver and a scuffle broke out between the two. 


Both men fell to the ground, this is when Miah began to thrust his nails into the driver's eye. 


Thanabalasingham manage to force his attacker's arm away to protect his eye. 

As reported in the Press and Journal, Miah appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court where he admitted to the assault and behaving in an aggressive manner.

Representing Miah, solicitor Laura Gracie, said: “There was a struggle between the two as he had lost his temper with the taxi driver.

“Mr Miah thought the driver was abandoning him at the side of a road he didn’t know.

“He asked him to drive further down as he was on his way to a job interview.”

The court heard that an ambulance was called to the scene for Mr Thanabalasingham but paramedics found he only had minor injuries.

Miah was sentenced by Sheriff Andrew Miller, to 100 hours of unpaid work, which has to be completed within the next eight months. 


Image: Source; Geograph 

Image: Author; Bill Harrison 

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