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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Barrow man's taxi row shame

A TEMPER-FUELLED push outside a taxi office in Barrow led to a man falling and suffering fractures in his wrist.

Daniel Griffiths’ victim needed surgery following the incident.

A judge dealing with the case described the defendant’s behaviour as having been “completely disgraceful”.

The 25-year-old, of Worcester Street, Barrow, appeared for sentencing at Preston Crown Court, having earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm on September 12 last year.

Mr Peter Barr, prosecuting, said the defendant and another man went into the Acacia office to order a taxi. They were behaving in a “cocky” manner, the court heard.

The victim, Michael Johnson, went in and accidentally knocked over a takeaway bag. He ordered a taxi and waited in the office.

When a taxi pulled up, Mr Johnson tried to get in. Griffiths went over and dragged him from the vehicle, using both hands to grab his upper body.

Mr Barr told the court: “He pulled him, resulting in him falling to the ground. The defendant and another man then get into the taxi and leave.”

Mr Johnson was taken by ambulance to hospital with a wrist injury. Fractures were found and plates had to be inserted during surgery.

Griffiths had no previous convictions.

Miss Sharon Watson, defending, said a number of family and friends had come to court to support him. He was an “outstanding” young man, she said, and testimonials spoke of how he was hard working, honest, trustworthy and had integrity.

She said: “He is a young man who has genuine remorse.

“It was an isolated incident, entirely out of character and will never be repeated by him.”

She said Griffiths didn’t usually go out, but he had been at a darts match and had too much to drink.

She added: “It was, in essence, a push in temper and in anger.

“The injury was not intended, nor foreseen.”

The judge, Recorder Neville Biddle, gave Griffiths a year’s community order, with 250 hours’ unpaid work.

He told Griffiths: “The fact you had drink effectively caused this incident.

“I would describe this as completely disgraceful behaviour.”

Have your say

Broke a mans wrist and gets a community order.What a joke,assault with impunity! Drink again is a factor,it would be interesting how many assaults involved alcohol in the last year?

Posted by billymac on 25 February 2014 at 14:12

Wow, so that's how you get away with stuff!!

Posted by Mike on 25 February 2014 at 08:01

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