A Muslim taxi driver was viciously attacked by a female passenger and her partner while laughing bystanders filmed for their entertainment.
Shahid Iqbal, 50, says he was punched and bitten by the couple after he kicked them out of his cab for refusing to pay a £7 fare in the morning of December 1.
Trouble flared when the female passenger allegedly tried to grab the steering wheel. When Mr Iqbal pulled over and dialled 999, he says she bit his hand to prevent him calling for help.
The father of five said a group of ‘very large men’ stood and watched him being assaulted for ‘entertainment’ and a video was later shared on social media.
In the sickening footage - taken in Normanton, Derby - one of the men approaches the driver’s car as he is scuffling with the woman. Rather than help, he knocks on the window and sings: “Yo yo yo, worldstar” - a line from a song by US rapper Childish Gambino.
The woman then leans over and slaps Mr Iqbal hard in the face as he opens his door to get out. The witness shouts: “Oooh, bredrin. Bredrin” and carries on singing as the shaken driver emerges and appeals for calm. His attacker staggers out of the car, pushes him and shouts: “F*** off, then. F*** off.”
Incredibly, the tone deaf singer then films himself smiling at the camera and says: “You know how it is in Normanton. You know how it is.”
As Mr Iqbal tries to fend off the crazed woman, her boy-friend - previously a spectator - shouts: “Oi, who the f*** do you think you’re touching? Who the f*** do you think you’re touching?”
The hooded thug storms across the road and punches Mr Iqbal square in the jaw as he is backing away, desperately phoning the police for help.
His partner joins in the attack before the man lands a second powerful blow to his cheek and the crowd goes quiet. While the punches are flying, one of the spectators urges his friend to stop filming and says: “I feel sorry for the guy,” but does nothing to help.
Speaking out, the taxi driver of ten years said he was disgusted the crowd did not intervene and ‘laughed’ as he was being beaten.
Mr Iqbal, from Rose Hill, Derby, told the Daily Mail: “That was the first time I was ever attacked on the job. It’s made me frightened about who might be sitting behind me in my cab.
“It seemed like the guy filming it was really enjoying it. He was singing and he even shows his face in the video, I couldn’t believe it. It makes me feel very bad that this was entertainment.
“It was a horrific journey. On the way, the woman put her feet on the dashboard. I politely asked if she could put them down. She didn’t like that and told me they didn’t have any money. I took her to a cashpoint and asked her to get some out but she said it didn’t work.
“I carried on driving but she suddenly lunged across me and tried to take the steering wheel. She said she wanted to drive and demanded money from me. She shouted: ‘Where’s my money? Give me £80 for my children.’”
Mr Iqbal, a freelance cabbie for National Cars, said he might quit his job because his family are terrified of him being attacked again. He added: “The guy who hit me was very strong and the punches really rocked me.
“Luckily, I was just badly bruised but if they’d had a knife or a weapon that might have been it for me. It was crazy. I said just pay me and go but she lunged at me. She grabbed my phone and started to bite. Then she went for me again and bit my arm. I tried to stop her but the man with her started to get angry and hit me with two brutal punches.
“Afterwards, I fell to the floor in agony. The couple ran away before the police got there. I’m surprised nobody’s been charged yet. The police said they can’t see the guy’s face clearly on the video. I don’t think that’s good enough.”
Derbyshire Constabulary said it has arrested and bailed a 23-year-old woman on suspicion of attempted robbery pending further investigations.
Mmmmm.....how about arresting the guy who sang, mocked and took photos rather than assist? Sickening state of society – Ed