Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Suspended sentence for woman who attacked Isle of Wight taxi driver

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Media captionPolice said three taxi drivers were assaulted by a group of youths on the Isle of Wight.

A woman who felled a taxi driver with a kick before raining down punches on him has been given a suspended sentence.

Ibrahim Karaca from Turkey was attacked after a dispute at a taxi rank in Newport, Isle of Wight, in April 2016.

Gina Alexander, 25, whose assault was captured on CCTV, pleaded guilty to affray at a hearing at Newport Crown Court in October.

Conor Pattrick, 23, who admitted the same offence, also received a suspended sentence.

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Image caption Ibrahim Karaca's wife said he was "fearful" and unable to eat after the attack

Mr Karaca, who had been working on the island for two weeks, was one of three drivers assaulted after two others were punched when they tried to come to his aid.

CCTV showed Alexander punching Mr Karaca at least seven times as he lay prostrate before lunging at him with her feet.

Mr Karaca's wife Rukiye said he was unable to eat after the attack and was left in fear.

'Pretty vicious'

Police said the altercation started when food was thrown at a taxi and the driver "got out to have a look".

Portsmouth Crown Court heard one of the drivers aggressively confronted the pair and Alexander said she acted in self defence. She told the court her behaviour was "over the top" and "disgusting".

The court also heard Pattrick had started out as a "peacemaker" but then punched one of the drivers.

Following the assault, taxi drivers announced a night-time boycott of the rank in South Street.

Alexander, of Priors Walk, Newport received a six-month suspended sentence, ordered to attend 20 days of rehabilitation activities and pay £300 compensation.

Sentencing, Mr Recorder Malcolm QC, said: "The violence she showed looked pretty vicious".

Pattrick, of Edinburgh Road, Freshwater, was given a nine-month suspended sentence, ordered to attend 20 days of rehabilitations activities and pay £200 compensation.

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