Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Was Terrified and Trying to Scramble Away from the Taxi'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Was Terrified and Trying to Scramble Away from the Taxi'

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Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter @Sara Nichol10

ATAXI driver dragged a reveller along a busy city centre road and ran over his ankle when he suddenly drove off as he was trying to get out of his cab.

Shaban Hussain was on Mosley Street, in Newcastle, at 3am, when he stopped to pick up a fare and was approached by Michael Redmond and his son Jack.

The younger man asked the driver about taking them home, while Mr Redmond opened the side sliding door and began to get in.

But, a court heard that, after a quick, verbal confrontation between Jack and Hussain, the cabbie suddenly drove-off, dragging Mr Redmond along the road and running over his ankle as he tried to get out.

The victim suffered injuries to his legs and his horrified son and daughter looked on as Hussain sped-off from the scene.

The 45-year-old was only identified after a quick-thinking witness took a photo of his registration plate and handed it over to police, who pulled him over near the scene 30 minutes later.

Mr Redmond was taken by ambulance to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, where he underwent treatment and x-rays.

The court heard that two years after the incident, estate agent Mr Redmond is still undergoing scans on his ankles.

Now, Hussain, of Lindale Road, Fenham, Newcastle, has been found guilty after a trial at Newcastle Magistrates' Court of driving without due care and attention and failing to stop and report an accident.

Giving evidence at the day-long hearing, dad-of-two Mr Redmond, from York, said he had been out for the evening with Jack and his daughter Chloe when they decided to get a taxi home in the early hours of November 16, 2014.

He said Jack had flagged down a Hackney cab, which was stationary, and opened the front passenger door to ask if the driver could take them.

He said: "All I remember is that, while I was half way getting in the taxi, the driver changed his mind about taking us. …

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