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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2022 5:47 pm 
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Kinda think both parties here could have handled things better, but easy to say that from behind a computer screen 8-[


Court adds £1,700 onto £20 taxi fare for man who punched driver in the face

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news ... 20-6478291

Roni Kotecha, 51, flung the £20 fare at the taxi driver who then got out of his vehicle

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.

The victim had picked up a young woman and was taking her to 51-year-old Roni Kotecha's home, just off Ambassador Road 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 how the driver had stopped a distance from Kotecha's house, which annoyed him.

Kotecha came out of his house in Champion Close wearing his flip-flops, walked up to the taxi in Ambassador Road 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."

However, Kotecha's solicitor Rakesh Morjaria told the court he would not have advised Kotecha to plead guilty to the charge as it could be viewed as self-defence, based on the CCTV footage.

He said: "The young lady informs the driver she doesn't have any money but that Mr Kotecha will pay on arrival. The taxi driver is not particularly happy with this arrangement.

"He doesn't park at the address - he parks at the end of the street.

"Mr Kotecha, in flip-flops, arrives and the taxi driver reiterates his annoyance to Mr Kotecha.

"He throws the money to say 'keep the change, there you go'.

"The taxi driver, however, gets out to confront Mr Kotecha about why he threw the £20 at him.

"The taxi driver then steps forward as if he's about to strike Mr Kotecha and Mr Kotecha strikes one blow."

He added that the cut was due to the pair of glasses the taxi driver was wearing, rather than the force of the blow.

Mr Morjaria said: "His reaction was excessive. He is remorseful, he is embarrassed at being before this court.

"He is a professional man with a responsible job."

Kotecha was ordered to pay a £1,246 fine, £250 compensation to the taxi driver, a £125 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.


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However, Kotecha's solicitor Rakesh Morjaria told the court he would not have advised Kotecha to plead guilty to the charge as it could be viewed as self-defence, based on the CCTV footage.

How does that work, then? Did he plead guilty before getting a solicitor, or would this be a different solicitor than the one who advised the accused initially? :-k


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He said: "The young lady informs the driver she doesn't have any money but that Mr Kotecha will pay on arrival. The taxi driver is not particularly happy with this arrangement.

Well unless she told him that when she got in the cab, which I very much doubt, she has committed a criminal offence.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2022 7:07 pm 
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However, Kotecha's solicitor Rakesh Morjaria told the court he would not have advised Kotecha to plead guilty to the charge as it could be viewed as self-defence, based on the CCTV footage.

How does that work, then? Did he plead guilty before getting a solicitor, or would this be a different solicitor than the one who advised the accused initially? :-k

Suspect he told the police in interview that he did it.

Yet Billy Big Bo*****s lawyer wants everyone to know he would have got him off it.

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Kotecha was ordered to pay a £1,246 fine

So his declared income to the court would have been about £6,000 a month.

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