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Taxi Driver Jailed For 15 Years | Taxi Rank

Hot! Taxi Driver Jailed For 15 Years

Majid Rehman was a Cardiff taxi driver who made the news for running over a group of men in an attack where he was described as having used his vehicle as a bowling ball. He was found guilty of using his cab to run over a total of 8 people on a pavement after having an argument at a taxi rank. The official conviction was for grievous bodily harm and intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Judge Phillip Richards described Rehman’s conduct as intolerable and handed down a 15 year sentence for intent to cause GBH and another 12 years for attempted GBH. In addition Rehman received 16 months for dangerous driving. The sentences are to be served concurrently. Oddly, he was also disqualified from driving for 10 years. One would imagine that this should have been a lifetime ban given the severity of the crime.

The incident happened outside Cardiff Central Station on 27 March 2012. An argument began between the cabbie and railway workers. It is believed that a physical altercation took place and the railway workers eventually left the scene. However, Rehman snapped, got into his cab, ran through a red light and smashed into the six railway workers, hitting another two innocent pedestrians.

One of these pedestrians, Mark Underwood, got trapped beneath the cab and suffered terrible burns from being stuck to the heated car engine. He still requires regular treatment today. Rehman claimed that the men assaulted him so he used the cab in self-defence. The judge did not accept this as any kind of excuse and explained that a punch cannot be met with this level of force. Judge Phillips pointed out that a punch to the chest is a relatively minor offence and does not warrant retaliation of this nature. For his act of madness, Rehman will spend a long period of time in prison where he can reflect on his hot-headedness.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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