Jailed for assaulting taxi driver with bottle

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A man who assaulted a taxi driver with a vodka bottle has been jailed for seven months.

James Nash, of Altcar Park, pleaded guilty to common assault and attempted criminal damage on April 11, last year.

District Judge Barney McElholm said the assault was ‘an unprovoked and unwarranted attack on an innocent man’ and the 29-year-old has shown ‘not one smidgen of remorse’ for it.

The court heard that Nash phoned a taxi and when it arrived he brought a vodka bottle into the car.

He turned the radio up full blast and was violently waving his arms about and shouting during the journey.

The court was told once they arrived at the destination, Nash hit the driver on the left hand side of his face with the bottle and attacked the driver with closed fists.

Nash also attempted to hit the bottle off the car, but it smashed.

Defence counsel Steven Mooney said there was ‘some degree of summary judgement dished out’ by the injured party as both men sustained scratches in the struggle.

Jailing the 29-year-old, the judge said this was an ‘absolutely disgraceful attack’.