Two thugs brutally attacked a helpless taxi driver and punched him in the face up to 15 times when he refused to give them a lift because he had finished his 11-hour shift.
Shocking photos show Ajman Ali's horrific facial injuries - including a fractured nose and two severely black eyes - after he was beaten up in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
The dramatic images also show a pool of his blood at the door of his parked taxi following the incident early on Saturday morning in which he 'thought he would die'.
Mr Ali had returned to his home in Portsmouth at about 6am - having started work at 7pm the evening before - and was confronted by two white males in their 20s.
The pair ordered he give them a lift but Mr Ali - a father - told them he had 'finished his shift and was tired' before suggesting they call a cab.
The thugs then launched an attack on the taxi driver, with one hitting him in the face before the other kicked his silver Vauxhall Zafira door into him, causing him to fall onto his seat.
One of the men then set upon Mr Ali and punched him in the face '10 to 15 times'. The pair then stole his e-cigarette and £10 before fleeing.
Mr Ali was rushed to hospital where medics confirmed the pair had fractured his nose and severely damaged his mouth.
Mr Ali said: 'Two men came by and asked me to take them somewhere.
'I said: 'I am not working now, I am finished and tired'. I had started at 7pm and finished about 6am.
'I said they were able to call a cab from here, then one of them punched my nose.
'I punched them back. Then the other kicked on the door, and the door hit my leg and I fell back on to my car seat.
'Then one of the men began punching my face, about 10 to 15 times.
'They stole my e-cigarette machine and some money, about £10, and ran away.
'I felt completely helpless and I was worried that I could have been killed.
'I was covered in blood. There was blood all over the floor, in my car and all over my clothes. I'm still in pain. '
Taxi officials are now demanding action against the men and calling upon drivers to be vigilant.
Chris Dixon, Portsmouth hackney carriage trade representative, said: 'He could have been killed, for a bit of small change. Is his life worth a tenner?
'It's a horrible attack, and we need to ask drivers to be a bit more vigilant. A driver being killed is unthinkable.'
Fellow taxi driver Forhad Mahmud, 38, said: 'Since the attack, I have been scared because you don't know whether someone is behind you.
'Someone could follow me and I could be attacked. It's very scary.
'I am definitely worried that a driver could be killed. The way he was attacked across the face; one punch could have proved fatal.'
Hampshire police are still hunting for the two assailants, who ran off towards Portsmouth & Southsea railway station.