Taxi snub for knife man

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY ALAN FER­GU­SON

A BAR­MAN who wanted to be­come a taxi driver has been turned down af­ter he threat­ened his wife with a knife.

He claimed he was stressed out at work and wanted to blow off some steam on New Year’s Eve.

AN “out of con­trol” bar­man who threat­ened to slash his wife’s throat with a kitchen knife had his dream of be­com­ing a pri­vate hire driver crushed.

Glas­gow City Coun­cil’s Li­cens­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Com­mit­tee did not deem Ja­graj Singh a fit and proper per­son to be driv­ing a pri­vate hire car in the city.

Coun­cil­lors heard how he had been sen­tenced to a Com­mu­nity Pay­back Or­der with su­per­vi­sion for the ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent on New Year’s Eve.

Mr Singh told the com­mit­tee he was stressed out at work and de­cided to blow off some steam to bring in 2018.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port, he said: “Do you want me to cut your throat, you b****?”

It caused his wife and chil­dren to shriek in ter­ror and call her fa­ther, who called the po­lice.

Mr Singh had gone out drink­ing with his cousin and “went out of con­trol”.

Mr Singh said he j ust hap­pened to have the knife in his hand be­cause he was “cut­ting rolls”.

Ap­par­ently, his drink­ing was a break in a six-year spell of ab­sti­nence due to an al­co­holic past.

Coun­cil­lor Rhi­an­non Spear said: “My con­cern is link­ing this with your cir­cum­stance, be­ing a taxi driver is an in­cred­i­bly stress­ful job.

“You will have to deal with in­cred­i­bly drunk peo­ple in your car with the smell of al­co­hol.”

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