A TAXI driver lost his job after he punched a passer-by who told him to move his cab.
Waheed Sadiq left the victim needing stitches following the attack in Stoke.
Sadiq has since had his taxi licence revoked and has now received a suspended prison sentence.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Sadiq’s taxi was double parked in Glebe Street – blocking one of the two lanes – when a bus stopped alongside him to let passengers off.
This blocked the road, and one of the disembarking bus passengers complained to Sadiq, who then struck the victim in the face.
The single blow caused the man to fall to the ground, and he required stitches to a mouth wound.
Sadiq, of Erskine Street, Dresden, was arrested following the incident which happened on the afternoon of February 7, 2015.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council then revoked his taxi licence, despite his denial of the wounding charge.
Councillor Joy Garner, chairwoman of the licensing and general purposes committee said: “We treat any incidents of this nature extremely seriously. In this instance we moved swiftly to put Sadiq’s case before the earliest licensing panel meeting, last June.
“Sadiq’s taxi licence was immediately revoked.
“The safety of the public is our number one priority and we will use our powers to take action quickly in the interests of public protection.”
Sadiq, who has two previous convictions including an assault by beating, was found guilty last month after a trial.
The 35-year-old is now working at a local restaurant.
Sadiq was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court this week where Judge David Fletcher handed him a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.
Judge Fletcher said: “You knew you were parked there for longer than you should have been. It’s a busy, one way street.
“When the bus stopped it stopped the traffic, that annoyed people. This gentleman spoke to you and you responded by punching him.
“You behaved in a boorish and arrogant manner.”
Sadiq – whose wife is about to have a baby – was also ordered to do 220 hours unpaid work, pay £500 compensation to the victim and complete 30 sessions of a rehabilitation activity requirement.
The city has around 1,800 licensed taxi drivers. Any driver who is charged with a crime is required to inform the city council within seven days.
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