Courts have heard how a basketball player vomited in a taxi then “lifted nine stone cabbie out of the way”.
Basketballer Benson Arogbo was found guilty of racially aggravated assault, criminal damage and resisting police on 10 May.
Arogbo was said to have lifted the “nine-stone wet through” taxi driver out of the way as he attempted to leave the scene of the incident. This was after Arogbo vomited in the taxi and refused to pay the soiling charge levied.
The 6ft 3ins basketball player told the Nottingham Magistrates Courts that a hot dog and Prosecco drink had made him feel unwell.
Cabbie Khalid Aziz ordered Arogbo to pay a £100 soiling charge and finished up with injuries to his neck, thumb and smashed spectacles.
The district judge Leo Pyle told the courts: “As a member of a professional basketball team, the whole basis is to get past the opponent. The defendant either had a lot more alcohol or underestimated the strength of the prosecco he consumed.”
Arogbo told the courts: “He was really angry. He said ‘that’s it, I can’t work any more’. I am having to calm him down. He was the aggressor.
“He said ‘it’s £100, I can’t work any more’. I said ‘no problem paying but you are trying to rip me off’. I didn't mind paying a smaller amount.”
Prosecuting, George Speed, replied saying: “He is nine stone wet through. You are well tuned after a five-year scholarship and going to join the Manchester Giants. He is not a well-tuned athlete, he is a much smaller man.”
Judge Pyle ordered a probation report on Arogbo who will be sentenced in a week.
According to Nottinghamshire Live, taxi licensing officer Jim Brough, commented on the case saying: “We endeavour to support our drivers where we can.
"Taxi drivers provide a valuable service taking home vulnerable people. They deserve respect.”
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