Jail sentence for ‘insulting’ turban attack
A drunken passenger who committed “the grave insult” of ripping off a Sikh taxi driver’s turban has been jailed for 12 months.
The incident took place at the Watford Gap Services on the M1 motorway in Northamptonshire, England, where the passenger also tried several times to headbutt driver Ajit Singh Dhillon. He grabbed car keys, £120 in cash and a mobile phone from his victim.
William Carr, a 36-year-old lorry driver, then went on to attack another motorist and attempted to steal his keys.
Police were called by Mr Singh Dhillon and arrested Carr, who lives in the Northamptonshire village of Crick.
Judge Richard Bray said he had committed a nasty assault and taking Mr Dhillon’s turban and throwing it away was “a grave insult and an aggravating feature”.
He told Carr: “The taxi driver was assaulted in a humiliating manner and must have been very upset by your behaviour.”
Carr pleaded guilty to affray, theft of cash and a mobile phone and the attempted robbery of car keys belonging to Mr Vimal Palmer.
Carr was said to have been shocked by his behaviour after watching CCTV footage and wanted to compensate Mr Singh Dhillon.
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