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Sentencing for Basketball player who assaulted cabbie after vomiting in taxi given

23 Aug 2019

Suspended prison sentence, 180 hours community work and fine handed to Arogbo

Sentencing was handed down to the basketball player who vomited in a taxi then “lifted” the 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 received injuries to his neck and thumb and had his glasses smashed.

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.”

According to Nottinghamshire Live, the District Judge agreed that Arogbo's behaviour was "in marked contrast" to his normal conduct. 

"Mr Aziz was performing a public service. I take into account the location, the damage to the spectacles which was gratuitous and of course you were in drink."

Upon sentencing Arogbo was ordered to complete 180 hours community work and pay £315 compensation to the cabbie.

Arogbo also received a 16-week prison term, which was suspended for a year and also pay £735 in costs. 

 

Image: Courts Image: David Lally (Geograph) CC2.0 

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