Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Tarzan' Trader Headbutted Cabbie; Drunk City Broker Slammed Driver's Head in Door as He Dodged the Fare

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Tarzan' Trader Headbutted Cabbie; Drunk City Broker Slammed Driver's Head in Door as He Dodged the Fare

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Byline: Miranda BryantCourts Correspondent

A YOUNG City broker headbutted a taxi driver before slamming his head in the black cab's door after trying to dodge the late-night fare.

University of Sussex graduate James Browning, 26, an associate on the London Metal Exchange, had had five pints of beer and two vodka cocktails, but denied he was high on cocaine.

The victim suffered wounds that needed 16 stitches.

Camberwell Green magistrates' court heard: "In the words of the driver, Browning was jumping up and down like Tarzan, ripping his shirt off and spoiling for a fight." Browning, from Southwark, is employed by the Newedge Group in Bishopsgate and avoided jail after the probation service recommended an unpaid work order.

He admitted assaulting Essex taxi driver Dean Wendleken, 49, causing him actual bodily harm, in Southwark on April 5 and making off without paying his [pounds sterling]24.80 fare.

Prosecutor Christian Wheeliker told the court Browning hailed the taxi in Stratford at 3am. …

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