TWO taxi drivers feared for their lives after being attacked by a blood-soaked drunken yob on New Year’s Eve.
Adam Greig (pictured), 22, of Bridge Close, Church Gresley, has been jailed for 15 months for the two assaults on employees of Alpha Cars, based in Swadlincote High Street.
Sarah Allen, prosecuting at Derby Crown Court, said Greig’s face was covered in blood but an ambulance crew was unable to treat him because of his ‘aggressive behaviour’.
He then got into a taxi in Oversetts Road, Newhall, but refused to be taken to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital. He began to punch driver Ashok Hussain and grabbed his collar, hurting his neck.
“Mr Hussain was thinking he was going to be killed by the defendant,” said Miss Allen. Greig arrived home and was helped out of the vehicle by friends.
But at 12.20am, Greig was seen standing in the middle of a street as another cabbie, Ahwad Ahmed, drove past with some adults and two children on board.
Miss Allen said: “He asked the defendant if he needed any help. In response, the defendant was immediately aggressive and abusive.
“He punched the driver through the open window. He hit his jaw and then five or six times in the chest.”
Two passengers got out but Greig punched one in the face before grabbing the other’s neck. He also told the taxi driver: “I’ll kill you, come here.”
Greig admitted affray and assault causing actual bodily harm. Passing sentence, Judge Ebrahim Mooncey said: “Two drivers (were) fearful and the children witnessed real violence.”
Justin Ablott, mitigating, said he had ‘no doubt alcohol played a part’ in the events. Greig could barely recall the offences but accepted they were ‘dreadful and indefensible’, Mr Ablott said.