A ‘football hooligan’ taxi driver suffered horrific injuries after being beaten with a baseball bat by two passengers who a judge said were giving him an ‘overdose of his own medicine’.
According to the Daily Mirror, Arndrew Tooze has filed a complaint against the Crown Prosecution Service after it emerged at the trial of the two passengers who battered him, that he was previously a football hooligan who had written a book about his involvement in the violence.
The taxi driver said he believes being painted as a hooligan could now cost him his cab licence.
His attackers, Phillip Mallon and Marc O’Mahoney, were spared prison by Judge Paul Thomas QC last month after the judge said he had read Mr Tooze’s book and said he was a man who “revels in violence.”
Mallon and O’Mahoney rowed with Tooze in Swansea after one of them felt sick and the driver was forced to pull over in March last year, the city’s Crown Court heard.
Tooze grabbed a baseball bat from the boot of his car, but the two men turned the tables and left the cabbie with head injuries, a partially collapsed lung, three broken ribs, fractures to the cheek and eye socket, and soft tissue damage around the spine.
The taxi driver was hospitalised for seven days - four of which were spent in intensive care, re-ports the South Wales Evening Post.
Judge Thomas said people in Tooze’s job were entitled to protection but said “the presence of the bat was no accident.”
He said Tooze was a man with previous convictions who ‘revels in violence and his role as a football hooligan’.
The judge said he had read Tooze’s co-written book, titled Swansea Jacks, about the notorious hooligan firm’s clashes with arch rivals Cardiff City’s Soul Crew, adding that the taxi driver had ‘received an overdose of his own medicine’.
Tooze has since filed a complaint with the CPS over his portrayal in the trial as a soccer hardman, which he claims could cost him his livelihood.
The father of four said he feared it would result in him losing his licence to work as a taxi driver when Swansea Council came to review it.
He said: “I wrote that book ten years ago and it has been the bane of my life. I wish I had never written it now.
“The incidents in it are even older – they took place in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. That was a long time ago, and I am a different man now. I have a family, and I work hard to support us - 90 per cent of the book is other people’s stories anyway.
“I was in intensive care for days as a result of this attack. I was made out to be a big bully and it really wasn’t like that. I’m worried that my licence to operate as a cabbie will be taken away from me, and I want to keep my job.”
Mallon, 30, and O’Mahoney, 31, both from the Port Talbot area, each received two-year suspended sentences and 250 hours’ unpaid work after admitting in-flicting grievous bodily harm.
Defence barrister Dean Pulling previously told the court the men had the ‘misfortune’ to get into Tooze’s cab, describing the driver as a ‘self-styled football hooligan who revels in glorifying his own and other people’s violence’.