Our client boarded a taxi and it was alleged and conceded by our client that he was heavily intoxicated. During the trip home and feeling the effects of having too much to drink, our client requested the taxi driver to pull to the curb. He then got out of the taxi and was sick. An argument ensued thereafter, when the taxi driver told him that he was too drunk and that he wouldn’t permit him to re-enter the cab.
It was alleged that our client then became abusive and had punched the taxi driver once to the jaw, which caused a small superficial cut to the driver’s lips and a loosening of his front top tooth, as well as a general swelling to his face. The complainant, however, did not require medical or dental treatment as a result of the alleged punch.
Our client was charged with:
- Recklessly cause injury
- Unlawful assault
We represented the client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.
Our client entered a plea of guilty to recklessly causing injury. He was given a Good Behaviour Bond, without conviction.
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