Edinburgh bodybuilder threw up in taxi and attacked driver after drinking binge

Published date13 January 2022
Publication titleEdinburghLive (Scotland)
Steven Donoghue threw up in the backseat of the black cab in Edinburgh while taxi driver Wasiq Billah was behind the wheel

Asked to pay a cleaning charge, Donoghue, 32, punched Wasiq in the face, leaving him with a bloody mouth.

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When police were called, the thug assaulted three officers trying to subdue him, punching each of them in turn.

Donoghue appeared at the city's sheriff court on Wednesday and admitted four charges of assault.

Fiscal depute Gavin Marshall said the accused took the taxi at around 11pm and asked to go to the Shandon area, reports the Record.

Mr Marshall said Wasiq "observed Mr Donoghue being sick in the rear of the cab".

The court was told the cabbie pulled over and attempted to get Donoghue out into the street to avoid "further damage" to the vehicle.

Donoghue started to walk away, Mr Marshall said, and Wasiq told him he was required to "pay the cleaning bill".

He added: "Mr Donoghue walked back to Mr Billah and punched him to the face."

After the victim called for police and officers arrived, the court heard Donoghue was "aggressive" towards them.

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