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Bodybuilder vomited in taxi and attacked cabbie and 3 cops during drink binge

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A bodybuilder was sick in a taxi during a drink binge, then proceeded to attack the cabbie who demanded he pay to clean up the mess before later assaulting three police officers.

Steven Donoghue, 32, threw up in the back seat of Wasiq Billah’s black cab after a heavy night of drinking in Edinburgh.

The driver pulled over and attempted to get the 32-year-old out of the car in order to avoid “further damage” to the vehicle, the Daily Record reports.

Donoghue started walking away, but when Mr Billah told him he was required to “pay the cleaning bill” – which typically is £50 – Donoghue walked over to the cabbie and punched him in the face, causing him to start bleeding.

After the victim called for police and officers arrived, the Edinburgh's Sheriff Court heard Donoghue was “aggressive” towards them.

He punched PC Amanda Urquhart in the face, causing her to fall to the ground, before fleeing.

The court heard PC Jamie Alexander gave chase, catching Donoghue and the pair “struggled”.

Fiscal depute Gavin Marshall said the accused managed to get on top of the constable and repeatedly punched him in the head and body.

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Donoghue then ran at PC Lewis Shaw with his “hands raised” and punched him in the head, the court heard.

A number of officers were finally able to subdue Donoghue and put him in a police vehicle.

Nicola Haston, defending, said her client had “no recollection” of the events as he had been “drinking very heavily”.

Ms Haston said Donoghue had been going through a break-up with his partner and “just hit the drink”.

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She said Donoghue, a heating engineer, hadn’t touched alcohol since the incident.

Donoghue admitted four charges of assault and was fined a total of £600.

Sheriff Frank Crowe also ordered him to make compensation payments with £100 going to Billah, £50 to PC Urquhart and £200 to PC Alexander.

  • Crime
  • Courts
  • Police
  • Scotland
  • Alcohol

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