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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:01 am 
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Could happen to anyone.

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Fare-dodger stole taxi after cabbie left engine running as he went to report him to police

https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news ... er-2736772

The driver left Gejza Gozo, 32, alone in the vehicle in Scunthorpe and came back to find his taxi had gone

A taxi driver had his car taken by a man he recognised minutes earlier as a fare dodger who had previously fiddled him out of money.

After realising who it was, the cabbie made the mistake of leaving the man alone in the car while he went to a police station to report him.

But, incredibly, he left the taxi's engine running and, when he returned, the fare dodger had driven off in the taxi and was later caught drink-driving, a court heard.

Gejza Gozo, 32, of Lulworth Court, Scunthorpe, admitted taking a car without consent, making off without payment, drink-driving and having no insurance and licence on April 5.

Martin Howarth, prosecuting, told Grimsby magistrates that when Gozo got into the taxi in High Street, Scunthorpe, the driver recognised him as the person who had not paid his fare on a previous occasion in December.

Gozo asked to go to Ashby and back but, instead of going there directly, the driver went to Scunthorpe police station to report the fare dodging. He told Gozo he had something to do but did not say what.

"Quite surprisingly, considering it was a matter of dishonesty that was involved before, he left his keys in the car and the engine running," said Mr Howarth.

"While he was reporting the making off without payment, the defendant took it upon himself to drive the taxi away."

Police later saw the taxi on West Common Lane and stopped it. They could smell alcohol on his breath. He was arrested and a breath test revealed he 92mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Steven Freestone, mitigating, told the court that Gozo took the taxi on the spur of the moment and it was not planned.

"No damage was caused to the vehicle and it wasn't driven excessive distances," said Mr Freestone.

Gozo was given 100 hours' unpaid work, three days' rehabilitation and was banned from driving for two years. He was ordered to pay £30 compensation, £85 costs and a Government-imposed £85 victims' surcharge.

The court heard that the police would be speaking to Gozo, who is Slovakian and came to the UK around a year ago, about his immigration status.


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There's thick, and there's [edited by admin] thick.

And then there's the unnamed taxi driver in this article. ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,)

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Gozo was given 100 hours' unpaid work, three days' rehabilitation and was banned from driving for two years. He was ordered to pay £30 compensation, £85 costs and a Government-imposed £85 victims' surcharge.

despite being his own fault driver got compo which he probably didn't deserve

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despite being his own fault driver got compo which he probably didn't deserve

Not strictly true.

He was a victim of crime, he may have made the crime easier for the crook to undertake, but he was a victim of crime and any compensation the court deem he deserves is fine by me.

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