A MAN whipped a taxi driver with an EFTPOS machine because his victim asked for directions, a court has been told.
Brendan James Walsh, 28, hopped in a cab at the Royal Mail Hotel at Goodna about 8pm and asked to be taken to Camira.
But when the 22-year-old taxi driver came to a T-junction and asked whether to turn left or right – his fare snapped and attacked him.
Walsh replied, “just go straight ahead” but the taxi driver replied that was impossible at the intersection.
Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Walsh cried, “I’ll kill you!” and then ripped the security video camera from the taxi.
The taxi driver told Walsh to stop and threatened to call police.
But Walsh then ripped out the rear-vision mirror and the EFTPOS machine.
Walsh then whipped the driver on the face with the cords hanging from the EFTPOS terminal.
The terrified driver ran away into bushland as Walsh used the terminal to shatter the taxi’s windows.
Prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said Walsh ran to a house nearby where he was found hiding when police arrived.
Sgt Colston said Walsh was extremely intoxicated and was screaming and shouting from the police vehicle.
“He was placed in a padded cell at the watchhouse,” Sgt Colston said.
The court heard the damage to the taxi was estimated to be about $10,000.
Walsh pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm, wilful damage and evading a fare.
The case was adjourned until May 9 so police could obtain quotes for the restitution.
Defence lawyer Peter Walsh said his client, who was no relation, did not object to paying restitution.
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