A taxi driver may lose full use of his eye after being beaten up for helping a distressed woman escape her violent partner.
Metro reports that Ishfaq Hussain, a 38-year-old father of four, was punched in the face in Kingswinford, Dudley, after picking up the woman in need.
He went to pick up a fare at 10.30pm on a Saturday night last month, when the distressed passenger is said to have ‘dived’ into his cab.
“She said, ‘move, move, just get out of here before he come’,” Shaz Saleem, chairman of Dudley Private Hire and Taxi Association, told the Birmingham Mail.
“He was parked in an awkward position and reversed a little bit, and this man came out and banged on the bonnet and opened the driver’s door and said: ‘Where do you think you’re going?’
“The woman was screaming. He re-members the first punch, and that was it.”
Hussain was knocked out cold. When he came round, other drivers had rushed to his aid and the police had been called.
He was rushed to Russells Hall Hospital and then City Hospital, before eventually being discharged at 6pm on Sunday.
The driver, who works for Fastline Taxis, is now waiting to find out the full extent of the damage to his eye. He’s concerned that, if his sight doesn’t fully recover, he may not be able to work.
Saleem added: “One of our members has been caught up in a domestic. His vision has been damaged badly.
“He’s a young father with four children and we are concerned about his livelihood. He’s got kids to feed and a mortgage to pay and we will cooperate with the police investigation. I’m concerned about the lady as well.”
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Police were alerted at around 10.30pm on 8 July to an assault on a taxi driver in Kidderminster Road, Kingswinford.
“It’s understood a woman was trying to leave the scene of a domestic argument – and when her partner tried to pull her from the taxi a fight broke out between the man and the driver. “Enquiries are underway to trace the offender.”