Man at­tacked taxi driver af­ter be­ing chal­lenged for dodg­ing fare

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A MAN car­ry­ing a knife at­tacked a taxi driver af­ter he was con­fronted for dodg­ing the fare.

Tunde Michael Fa­tinikun, 40, from Bolling­ton, or­dered the cab to take him to a take­away in Wilm­slow, a court heard.

But af­ter get­ting his or­der he walked off, re­fus­ing to pay the £35 fare, pros­e­cu­tors said.

When the taxi driver fol­lowed Fa­tinikun and chal­lenged him he got a slap across the face, mag­is­trates were told.

The driver then used other taxis to help track him down and called the po­lice, the court heard.,

When Fa­tinikun was ar­rested in a nearby bar he was found to be car­ry­ing a knife, mag­is­trates were told.

Fa­tinikun, of Round Gar­dens, Bolling­ton, ad­mit­ted as­sault, mak­ing off with a pay­ment and pos­ses­sion of a knife, dur­ing a hear­ing at Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court.

Mag­is­trates said although it was his third con­vic­tion of car­ry­ing a knife in pub­lic the ‘pre­vi­ous of­fences (were) a long time ago’ and he had stayed out of trou­ble un­til now.

Fa­tinikun was sen­tenced to six months in prison sus­pended for two years and 175 hours un­paid work.

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