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Cabbie attacked after saying no to drug-taking in taxi

A pair of drunken thugs attacked a cabbie as they were being driven back to Herne Bay after a night out in Canterbury. Eddie Blayney, 24, and Kenny McMahan, 21, were handed suspended prison sentences after they were convicted of assaulting Mustafa Ustabas at trial. City magistrates heard that the pair had been at the Chill nightclub on the night of September 14 and 15 last year when they decided to get a cab from the rank in Canterbury Lane. McMahan, who was sitting behind Mr Ustabas, asked if he could snort a line of cocaine and was refused. Nicholas Markendale, prosecuting, said McMahan then warned the driver he was not “the sort of person you should say no to”. He then suddenly grabbed Mr Ustabas round the neck while Blayney, who was in the passenger seat, began punching him. Mr Ustabas sustained bruising to his lips and eyes as a result of the violence. The taxi stopped when they reached Herne Bay and the pair got out and walked off towards Greenhill Gardens. Mr Markendale said:

“The driver got out and flagged down a passing police car and pointed out a small white car in Greenhill Road he believed was connected to his passengers. A dog unit was called out, but failed to find them. Eddie Blayney then called police the next day to say that his car was not where he had left it on September 14. He then admitted his involvement in the incident. McMahan then also contacted police.”

Blayney told police that Mr Ustabas owed him £5 in change for the cab fare while McMahan said he had drunk 10 to 15 pints of lager that night. Kerry Waitt, defending, said Blayney md McMahan had learned a “salutary lesson”. He added:

“Both are young men and are not accustomed to coming to court or in the habit of finding themselves in such difficulties.”

Blayney, of Grafton Rise in Herne Bay, was given a 180-day suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay Mr Ustabas £300 compensation plus £300 courts costs and an £80 surcharge. McMahan, of Blackburn Road in Herne Bay, was given a 120- day suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay Mr Ustabas £300 compensation plus £300 courts costs and an £80 surcharge. Both men had initially denied the assault but were convicted at a trial at Canterbury Magistrates Court on February 2. They appeared at court on Friday for sentencing.

Herne Bay Gazette, June 19th 2014

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