Toowoomba man fined $2500 for taxi driver assault

A TOOWOOMBA man who assaulted a taxi driver couldn't remember the incident but he won't soon forget the fine.

Clinton James Thompson, 34, was drunk when he took a cab home in Toowoomba about 9.30pm, November7, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

When he went to pay the fare with a $100 note, the cabby asked if he had anything smaller.

Without warning, Thompson then punched the cab driver to the head before grabbing him by the hair and shirt, police prosecutor Senior Constable Natalie Bugden told the court.

The taxi driver sustained bruising to his head and face, the court heard.

When spoken to by police, Thompson said he couldn't remember the event as he had been very drunk on the night.

However, after police showed him a photograph of the incident taken by the taxi's CCTV camera he accepted it was him, Snr Const. Bugden said.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of serious assault of a person over 60 years of age.

His solicitor Peter Sloane told the court his client had no previous criminal history at all and was appalled by his actions.

His client couldn't remember much of that night and had no idea why he would act like that.

"He's not a violent person," Mr Sloane submitted, adding the incident was completely out of character for Thompson.

Magistrate Graham Lee fined Thompson $2000 and ordered he pay $500 compensation to the victim.

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