£460 bill for racially abusing taxi driver

SELF-employed door fitter Victor Bull swore at an Asian taxi driver – telling him to go back where he came from – while a policewoman was trying to help him get a ride home.

Victor Bull (34), of Beech Avenue, Bourne, was drunk in Broad Street, Stamford, in the early hours of January 7.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting at Spalding Magistrates’ Court, said a woman police officer was near the taxi rank when she heard a door slam and Bull using foul language.

She warned Bull he would be arrested if he continued swearing.

Miss Ritson said the officer went to the lead cab on the rank and asked the driver why he had refused a fare.

The driver said he already had a booking and the officer then told him he needed to move off the rank.

Miss Ritson said at that point Bull shouted and swore at the driver.

Bull pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence and was fined £360. He must also pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Presiding magistrate Madge Marshall-Brown said the fine would ordinarily have been £240 but was increased to £360 because of the “racially aggravated element”.

Bull represented himself at Thursday’s hearing and said: “I do apologise for what happened that night. I had a lot to drink.”