Passenger fined for punching taxi driver

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A TAXI ride from Portsmouth to Chichester proved very expensive for a passenger who assaulted the driver at the end of his journey.

Elliott Purser, 22, of Lichfield Gardens, Aldwick, Bognor Regis, took the trip in February after a night out in the city.

On arrival in Chichester, and after arguing with driver Gabriel Muntaneau, Purser became violent and punched him in the head.

Purser denied a charge of assault by beating to magistrates in Chichester.

But he was found guilty and given an 18-month conditional discharge.

After the case, the officer who arrested Purser, PC Matt Chamberlain, said violence against taxi drivers will bot be tolerated.

PC Chamberlain added of the attack: ‘Thanks to closed circuit television cameras inside the taxi we were able to prosecute Purser even though he denied the attack.

‘This conviction will act as a reminder to all that violence towards people who are simply doing their job will not be tolerated.’

Purser was also told he must pay prosecution costs of £620, a victim surcharge of £15 and compensation of £50 to his victim.

A collection order was made.