WHEN Rockhampton taxi driver Sumit Mahajan saw potential profits riding away from him, he wasn't going to let it get away that easily.
He decided the only way he could potentially get a fare back was to chase down its "thief".
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Mahajan pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Monday to one assault charge after he punched another Rocky Cabs driver in the face when the latter took off with his client.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Shaun Janes said Mahajan, 30, was parked at Rockhampton Airport on September 3, 2014.
At the time, he had been speaking with a German tourist for about 45 minutes.
It was Mahajan's intention to take the tourist to a location in Rockhampton.
The court heard another taxi arrived at the airport and offered the German tourist a cab ride free of charge. The tourist took the bargain.
Snr Const Janes said Mahajan jumped in to his cab and chased the taxi driver to the Rockhampton Leagues Club, in The Range.
Once there, Mahajan confronted the taxi driver for stealing his client.
Snr Const Janes said the pair then proceeded in their taxis to a George St service station, where Mahajan got out of his vehicle and punched the other cab driver through the window. The court heard Mahajan struck the taxi driver in the face.
Duty lawyer Lance Rundle said his client had been a taxi driver for about four years and was married with three children.
Magistrate Cameron Press said: "It would seem you didn't know this person at all."
Mahajan was fined $1500.
A criminal conviction was not recorded.
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