Injured drinker jailed for attack on cabbies on New Year's Eve
AN injured man attacked two taxi drivers on New Year's Eve – one of whom had stopped to help him after seeing him bleeding in the road.
Adam Greig grabbed the first driver's clothing and punched his face, neck and head while the cabbie was driving him to Queen's Hospital in Burton.
Greig, of Bridge Close, Church Gresley, was dropped off at a house rather than the hospital. Later that night, another taxi driver, seeing Greig was injured, stopped and asked if he needed help.
Sarah Allen, prosecuting, said: "He wound down the window and asked the defendant if he needed help. The defendant was aggressive and abusive and punched the driver through the open window. He hit him in the jaw."
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Greig then punched the driver about five or six times in the chest before striking the passengers. The violence was witnessed by two young children in the back of the taxi.
Adam Greig, who admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, affray and being in breach of a suspended sentence, was jailed yesterday for 15 months.
Judge Ebraham Mooncey said: "What you did to the taxi drivers is really difficult to understand. The first taxi driver was extremely frightened. The second taxi driver had passengers in the car and small children.
"He saw you were injured and in the spirit of kindness came to help you but you start attacking him – the small children witnessed all of this. You then go inside a house nearby and shout 'I'll kill you', to the taxi driver."
Greig, of Bridge Close, Church Gresley, committed the offences in Swadlincote against employees of Alpha Cars. The first driver told police he thought "he might be killed". He was left with a severe headache and swelling to his neck, face and left eye.
He said the incident left him feeling frightened.
The court was told that Greig recalled little of the attacks, which he carried out after drinking alcohol and being assaulted himself.
Justin Ablott, in mitigation, said: "He was presented with video footage of the (first) assault and was visibly ashamed. It's forced Mr Greig to have a good look at himself."
He said his client's offending was always after he had been drinking alcohol.
The first taxi driver had picked Greig up from Oversetts Road, Swadlincote, to take him to hospital. He was not taken by ambulance because he had been aggressive to paramedics, the court heard.