Northampton man who racially abused and assaulted taxi driver must pay £1,600 court costs

Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001
Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001

A Northampton man who was convicted of a racially aggravated assault on a taxi driver will have to pay more than £1,600 in court costs and compensation.

Ben Spick, aged 28, of Timken Road North, Duston, Northampton, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court for sentencing on Monday after who assaulted the taxi driver on May 3 this year.

The court heard that Spick became angry with the taxi driver after he was told that he could not bring his bottle of cider into the taxi.

Stella Moses, prosecuting, said Spick racially abused the taxi driver and grabbed his jumper.

Spick then started banging the passenger window and continued to verbally abuse the taxi driver

The taxi driver called the police and Spick was arrested after he ran away from officers.

Spick was given a 12-month community order including 120 hours of unpaid work. He must pay court costs of £1,560 and £100 compensation to the taxi driver.

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