A man who ended up punching a taxi driver in an argument over a £20 fare has been ordered to pay £1,706 in fines, fees and compensation.
According to the Leicester Mercury, the victim had picked up a young woman and was taking her to 51-year-old Roni Kotecha's home, in the Rowlatts Hill area of Leicester.
But the woman didn't have the fare and was going to phone Kotecha to come out with the money, which the taxi driver was not happy about.
Leicester Magistrates' Court heard on Monday 10 January, how the driver had stopped a distance from Kotecha's house, which annoyed him.
Kotecha came out of his house wearing his flip-flops, walked up to the taxi and threw a £20 note into the taxi during the "verbal exchange", the court heard.
The incident was all caught on CCTV and it showed the driver getting out of the taxi and approaching Kotecha, who punched him in the face, knocking his glasses off and cutting his face near to his eye.
Kotecha then tried to swing at him again but missed and the taxi driver phoned the police.
The incident, on Tuesday June 8 last year, led to Kotecha being charged with assault by beating, which he pleaded guilty to at an earlier hearing.
Prosecutor Sajeela Hussain said the taxi driver was bleeding, had suffered "heavy bruising" and went to hospital after calling the police. She said he was unable to work for several weeks, losing earnings.
In his victim impact statement, read out by Ms Hussain, the driver said: "I feel angry and upset at the same time.
"I don't know why the male punched me. I wasn't able to work after - I need my vision.
"It's caused me physical and psychological trauma. I'm scared to work as a taxi driver."
Kotecha was ordered to pay a £1,246 fine, £250 compensation to the taxi driver, a £125 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.