A grandfather “used his car as a weapon” and rammed it at a taxi driver who had refused him a lift earlier in the evening.
LeicestershireLive reports that Aziz Dagli was out drinking in Leicester city centre on Saturday, September 23, and got in a taxi at the taxi office nearby.
But, according to the driver, 53-year-old Dagli was drunk and arguing with him before the taxi had even began the journey so the driver asked him to get out.
When Dagli refused, the driver pulled him out of the back seat and the pair wrestled on the ground for a short while before Dagli left and dialled 999 to report that he had been assaulted by the taxi driver. Unimpressed by the response he got from the police, he went home and drove his own car back to the city centre.
The taxi driver, a man in his 30s, had just been into the taxi office to file his own report about the ealier fight. He was returning to his vehicle when Dagli launched his car at him, striking the vehicle side-on and pinning the driver against the car, crushing his leg.
Dagli then reversed his car and tried to ram the driver again but he managed to dodge out of the way and Dagli fled.
While the driver had no idea who it had been behind the wheel, the police suspected Dagli because of his earlier 999 call. While he initially denied the charge of causing grievous bodily harm, Dagli changed his plea to guilty on the day he was due to stand trial.
David Lee, prosecuting, said the driver had suffered a displaced fracture in his leg and a severe laceration. He said the driver was still unable to walk or drive for long periods.
He said: “The vehicle had been driven with some force. It went back and then forward again but the taxi driver was able to avoid being struck again by the defendant.
“The police, having had a report of a much more serious incident, put together this incident with Mr Dagli’s report and were able to trace him. There was no other indication of who had committed this offence.”
Jonathan Dunne, representing Dagli, said his client was angry the police had not responded to his earlier call. He said: “He felt, ‘If you answered my call I wouldn’t have taken the law into my own hands’.
“His greatest regret is that he went back that night.”
At Leicester Crown Court last month, Dagli was jailed for four and a half years.
The Judge said: “It’s a sadness to me to see a respectable, middle-aged man come before the court for such a serious offence. What you did was use a car as a weapon and it could have resulted in death. You must have completely lost your head that night.”